South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has released a proposal on Friday, Jan. 21, in which she is seeking to ban almost all abortions in the state.
Under the proposal, abortions would be prohibited once medical professionals can detect fetal cardiac activity, which is usually around the sixth week of pregnancy, CBS News reported.
Noem’s measure would impose a fine on those who aid someone in getting an abortion with a minimum $10,000 penalty, besides legal fees and other potential compensation.
The proposed restrictions also include one of the nation’s strictest limitations on access to abortion pills, which would wipe out nearly all abortion access in South Dakota.
According to CBS News, the proposal mimics a law in Texas that leaves enforcement up to private citizens through lawsuits instead of through prosecutors and criminal charges.
Noem has previewed the legislation for weeks, and it has received an enthusiastic reception from fellow Republicans in the Legislature.
The governor said in a statement that she hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down Roe v. Wade—a landmark decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. South Dakota has a law that would outlaw abortions if that happened.
“But until that comes to pass, these bills will ensure that both unborn children and their mothers are protected in South Dakota,” Noem said.
Jett Jonelis, the advocacy manager for the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, said that Noem does not seem to care about constitutional rights, arguing that, “Personal privacy and reproductive rights are among our most important constitutional liberties.”