PIERRE, SD (TUSEN) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem along with the state’s Republican attorney general said Tuesday that the state will prosecute pharmacists who dispense abortion-inducing pills following a recent Food and Drug rule change. Administration widening access to the pills.
Republican Governor and South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released a letter to South Dakota pharmacists saying they are “subject to criminal prosecution” if they purchase or provide abortion-inducing drugs. The state prohibits all abortions except to save the pregnant woman’s life.
“South Dakota will continue to enforce all laws, including laws that respect and protect the life of the unborn,” Noem and Jackley said in the letter.
The FDA formally updated the labeling for abortion pills earlier this month to allow many more pharmacies to dispense them, as long as they complete a certification process.
The change could expand access at online pharmacies. People can get a prescription through a telehealth consultation with a healthcare provider and then receive the pills by mail, where permitted by law.
Yet the impact of the rule change in states like South Dakota has been dulled by laws restricting abortion broadly and the pills in particular. Legal experts foresee years of litigation over access to the pills as abortion rights advocates file test cases to challenge state restrictions.