FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2021
Contact: Prudence Robertson, [email protected] | 240-672-2828
Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) celebrated as South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed H.B. 1051 into law. The law ensures that babies who survive failed abortions receive the medical attention and care afforded to other children who are born premature.
The new law comes on the heels of a unanimous committee vote to advance H.B. 1110A, legislation to protect unborn children from abortion due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The bill was called for by Gov. Noem in her State of the State address in January.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised lawmakers, saying:
“Under Governor Noem, South Dakota is a national leader in protecting innocent children – born and unborn. The overwhelming majority of Americans agree: babies who survive abortions deserve the same compassion and care as any other infant, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Astoundingly, radical Democrats in some states and in Congress refuse to support legislation to protect these vulnerable little ones from being killed or left to die.
“We are proud of Governor Noem’s strong pro-life, pro-woman leadership – a model of what pro-life governors nationwide can accomplish. We thank her and all our pro-life allies in South Dakota, especially Reps. Fred Deutsch and Trish Ladner, a member of SBA List’s National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, who worked diligently to get this law enacted. The pro-life movement will never tire until every child is protected under the law.”
Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe babies born alive during failed abortions should be protected under the law.
A recent report by Tessa Longbons, a research associate at Charlotte Lozier Institute, SBA List’s research arm, shows that protections for babies who survive abortions are inconsistent across the United States, with fewer than half of states maintaining sufficient protections.
SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.