South Dakota -- June 27, 2022: Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed an executive order on Tuesday limiting access to abortion drugs and making it plain that medication-induced abortions are covered by state law 

and call for a face-to-face consultation with a doctor.

Noem instructed the state Department of Health to establish regulations stating that abortion-inducing medications can only be prescribed or dispensed by a state-licensed physician following an in-person examination, amid a nationwide Republican effort to criminalize the majority of abortions. The Republican governor's directive was drafted in anticipation of the Food and Drug Administration later this year allowing abortion medicines to be dispensed over the mail or online pharmacies, despite the fact that South Dakota law already sets that requirement on doctors.

After a Texas legislation went into effect last week prohibiting abortions once medical professionals can detect heart activity, typically around six weeks and before many women are aware they are pregnant, the availability of abortion drugs has become a pressing issue.

According to the Department of Health, medicine was used to induce about 39% of abortions in South Dakota last year. One clinic in the state frequently provides abortions. Telemedicine abortions are safe, according to those who oppose banning them, and restricting them will disproportionately affect rural individuals who must travel far to the closest abortion facility.

Wnctimes by Marjorie Farrington



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