PIERRE | U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem came out strongly again Friday against Planned Parenthood and called for government-wide application of the Hyde Amendment banning Medicaid coverage for abortions.
“I believe every life, including an unborn baby’s life, has dignity and value,” she wrote in her weekly column.
Noem is running for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018, as is state Attorney General Marty Jackley.
She said President Donald Trump signed into federal law an act of Congress that allows states to stop funding Planned Parenthood or other organizations that use the money to provide abortions.
“To say that we must fund Planned Parenthood or deny thousands of women care is a false choice. We can support women’s health — and specifically, health care for low-income women — without supporting abortion providers,” Noem wrote.
The Hyde Amendment has been in place since 1977. Noem said it is “unacceptable” the Affordable Care Act that won approval during President Barack Obama’s first term and continues today has allowed federal tax dollars to reach more than 1,000 abortion-covering health plans.
She called for making the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which I cosponsored and the House passed, would accomplish that,” she said.
South Dakota doesn't give state funds to Planned Parenthood, the only acknowledged provider of abortions, except to protect the mother's life.
Most states don't fund abortions other than for the Hyde Amendment's exceptions of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
A minority of states use their funds to cover medically necessary abortions, usually defined to protect the physical or mental health of the mother
States that fund medically necessary abortions are California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia, according to Planned Parenthood.
The Medicaid programs in Arizona and Illinois don't pay for medically necessary abortions despite court orders that they do so. In Alaska a state law defining medically necessary is blocked in court.