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S.D. Gov. Noem Signs Born Alive Bill Requiring Doctors to Treat ‘All Children Equally, Even Those Born in Horrific Circumstances’

By Craig Bannister | February 24, 2021 | 4:10pm EST
Gov. Noem Signs Born Alive bill.
(Photo Courtesy of governor's office)

“The pro-life cause continues even after a child is born,” Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Wednesday, announcing that she had signed the state’s Born Alive measure into law.

The new law requires doctors to give the same medical care to every child born alive, even if that child survives an attempted abortion, Gov. Noem tweeted:

“The pro-life cause continues even after a child is born. Today, I signed Born Alive legislation to guarantee the right to life for every baby that is born alive. We expect doctors to treat all children equally, even those born in horrific circumstances. It's basic human decency.”

House Bill 1051, which Noem signed into law Wednesday, requires medical professionals to offer any baby born alive the same medical care they would provide any other child – regardless of the circumstances of the child’s birth. “This bill will guarantee the right to life for every baby that is born alive,” Gov. Noem said in a statement.

“We expect doctors to treat all children equally, even those born in horrific circumstances. That’s basic human decency,” Noem said.

The law requires medical professionals to provide the same means, medical skills, and treatment to every child born alive immediately following an attempted abortion as they would any other child.

The law also allows a mother to sue any doctor or abortion facility that violates the law, imposes financial penalties on those who violate the law, and requires certain reporting to the Department of Health for any births that arise following a failed abortion.

“This law, like many South Dakota laws that protect the right to life, ensures that the most vulnerable members of our society are fully protected by law,” the statement says.

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