On July 1, a slew of pro-life laws took effect, protecting babies and mothers, including one bill to protect children who have Down Syndrome.
Gov. Kristi Noem shared the news via Twitter, writing, “Little Valentina Duffy is such a beautiful baby, and she happens to have Down Syndrome. Several pro-life bills that I signed are becoming law in South Dakota TODAY, including a ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. We’re protecting the right to life of all SD kids.”
Little Valentina Duffy is such a beautiful baby, and she happens to have Down Syndrome. Several pro-life bills that I signed are becoming law in South Dakota TODAY, including a ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. We're protecting the right to life of all SD kids. pic.twitter.com/SDGsjR5JbJ
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) July 1, 2021
Live Action reports:
Valentina is the daughter of Rachel Campos-Duffy and former Wisconsin GOP Rep. Sean Duffy, the three of whom appeared with Noem on Fox & Friends to talk about the law. “I think little Valentina, right here — her little face shows what a blessing that she is to this family; they are going to talk to the people of South Dakota and legislators how important that bill is,” she said during the interview.
The law restricting eugenic abortions was originally proposed by Noem during her State of the State address, where she said people should be “appalled” by prenatal discrimination.
“The Declaration of Independence summarizes what we all know in our hearts to be true. God created each of us and endowed all of us with the right to life. This is true for everyone, including those with an extra chromosome,” she said. “I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess this right to life, too. Until that time comes, I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.”
South Dakotan Katie Shaw, who has Down syndrome, applauded the bill and argued in its favor before the South Dakota House State Affairs Committee. “Help those with Down syndrome have a chance,” she said. “Make the world more wonderful.”
Other pro-life laws taking effect included the implementation of a standard of medical care for abortionists to protect children born alive from botched abortions and banning surrogacy contract abortions.