In Wake of SCOTUS Ruling, Another Conservative State's Governor Makes a Major Pro-Life Announcement


The Supreme Court shocked the country on Wednesday when it allowed Texas’ new abortion law to go into effect while it is still being challenged in court.

The law bans all abortions of unborn children that take place after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which occurs at approximately six weeks into gestation, although exceptions can be made for medical emergencies.

Many pro-life activists have since pointed out that this law makes Texas the most pro-life state in America.

However, if one conservative governor is to be believed, the Lone Star State won’t hold that title for long.

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“Following the Supreme Court’s decision to leave the pro-life TX law in place, I have directed the Unborn Child Advocate in my office to immediately review the new TX law and current South Dakota laws to make sure we have the strongest pro life laws on the books in SD,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted Thursday.

If Noem holds true to her word in topping the Texas law, it would be quite an achievement for the pro-life movement, especially given how unprecedented Texas’ law is.

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down an attempt to stop the law from going into effect.

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Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett all ruled in favor of allowing the law to go into effect.

Dissenting were Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The majority’s unsigned opinion, and the dissents, are below:

Ruling on Texas Abortion Law by The Western Journal on Scribd

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One of the primary reasons the Supreme Court decided not to stop the law from going into effect was because the law does not rely on government enforcement.

Instead, the law calls upon private individuals to enforce it through lawsuits.

Citizens are allowed to sue anyone who facilitates or aids and abets an abortion for at least $10,000.

President Joe Biden described the law as a “bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement” and on Thursday promised to “launch a whole-of-government effort” to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision.

However, if Noem gets her way, the president will have yet another pro-life law to take on.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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