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South Dakota governor wants to push anti-abortion argument to Supreme Court

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 10:04 AM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is seeking a role in a pair of legal battles over abortion access as the U.S. Supreme Court reaches a potentially defining moment on the issue.

The Republican governor promised that if South Dakota loses an appeal in a legal fight over a state law that would require women seeking abortions to consult first with crisis pregnancy centers, which generally advise women not to get abortions, she would try to get the Supreme Court to consider the case.

Noem has already signed onto a legal argument that seeks to go against the Supreme Court’s previous ruling that access to abortions allows women equal economic and social rights.

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