Noem signs executive order “to block telemedicine abortions,” says “Every life is precious.”

Tuesday, SD Governor Kristi Noem tweeted “Emboldened by radical groups like @PPFA, the Biden Administration is waging a war on the unborn. Today I signed an Executive Order directing that emergency rules be adopted and implemented to block telemedicine abortions. Every life is precious.”

The order requires abortion medication to be picked up in person at a doctor’s office, not mailed.

Per TheHill:

In April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted restrictions on sending abortion-inducing medications through the mail, determining that sending the medicine remotely through telemedicine did not increase risk.

In her executive order, Noem dictated that abortion-inducing medications such as mifepristone may be dispensed to a woman by a physician licensed in South Dakota only after an in-person examination. Data on the number of chemical abortions performed and any complications as well as information to indicate if the woman was “coerced or sex trafficked and forced to take the pills” will also be collected, per Noem’s order.

Her order also says that no manufacturers, suppliers or physicians will supply abortion medications via telemedicine or mail service. They also cannot be provided in any school or on state grounds, including colleges and universities, with the South Dakota Republican claiming that the “abortion industry” is targeting young women.

Noem directed the South Dakota Department of Health to “develop an abortion clinic license specific to the pharmaceutical nature of medical abortion in keeping with South Dakota’s existing surgical abortion clinic licensing requirements.”