South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem joined 240 pro-life female leaders this week in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade when it hears a Mississippi abortion case in the fall.
In an amicus brief, Noem and other pro-life female scholars, professionals and feminists said the court’s abortion rulings wrongly implied that women need to be able to abort their unborn babies to achieve financial and social equality, DRG News reports.
Noem said she and countless other women’s experiences are proof that this is a lie.
“I was eight months pregnant when I first took over our family ranch following my father’s tragic death. Today, as a former state legislator, congresswoman and South Dakota’s first female governor, I stand in defiance of the lies perpetrated by the Roe decision,” she said in a statement.
“For my entire life, women have been told that pregnancy is a barrier to a successful career. This lie has led to millions of abortions, despite women like me and countless others proving that successful careers and motherhood are not mutually exclusive,” Noem continued.
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Professors Helen Alvaré of George Mason University and Teresa Collett of University of St. Thomas School of Law co-wrote the brief in support of a Mississippi law that would ban abortions on unborn babies after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the law earlier this year. At issue in the case is the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” The justices are scheduled to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in October.
Others who signed the brief included members of Feminists Choosing Life of New York, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices, New Wave Feminists, Pro-Life San Francisco, Secular Pro-Life, Siena Symposium and Women Affirming Life, according to the report.
This week, 12 other governors also filed an amicus brief urging the high court to overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. They urged the justices to give “this issue back to the people.”
In Roe and later Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions before an unborn baby is viable. As a result, the U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Most Americans believe our abortion laws are too radical, and states should be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortions.
A new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that a strong majority of Americans believe states should be allowed to ban abortions after the first trimester. According to the poll, 65 percent said most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal; the number increased to 80 percent in the third trimester. Gallup polls also consistently find that a majority of Americans want all or most abortions to be illegal.