Governor Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case

Governor Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case 

PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Governor Kristi Noem and 240 women scholars, professionals, and pro-life feminist organizations filed an amicus brief in the most important pro-life case to be argued at the Supreme Court of the United States in at least a generation.

“For my entire life, women have been told that pregnancy is a barrier to a successful career. This lie has led to millions of abortions, despite women like me and countless others proving that successful careers and motherhood are not mutually exclusive,” Governor Kristi Noem said. “I was born a little over a year before the U.S. Supreme Court decided that abortion is necessary for women to succeed. I was eight months pregnant when I first took over our family ranch following my father’s tragic death. Today, as a former state legislator, congresswoman, and South Dakota’s first female governor, I stand in defiance of the lies perpetrated by the Roe decision.”

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of prohibiting abortion before the “viability” of the unborn child outside the womb. The Court has the opportunity to go further and recognize that the Constitution does not protect the so-called right to terminate unborn life, which would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey altogether. 

The friend-of-the-court brief rejects the notion, set out in the Roe and Casey decisions, that the ability of women to achieve economic and social equality depends on abortion. For that reason and others, the High Court should overturn Roe and Casey.

The amicus brief cites empirical evidence pointing to the sustained economic and social achievements of American women regardless of abortion access. The brief notes that American women continued to make progress towards economic equality in the 90’s and 2000’s, even as abortion rates plummeted across the country.

“As a mother, I have led by example to show my daughters a life that balances family, education, and career. As a new grandmother, I want to ensure the next generation is reared in a country that cherishes life and an equal pursuit of happiness for all Americans,” continued Governor Noem. 

The Women Scholars and Professionals amicus brief is supported by hundreds of pro-life women, along with pro-life feminist organizations including Feminists Choosing Life of New York, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices, New Wave Feminists, Pro-Life San Francisco, Secular Pro-Life, Siena Symposium, and Women Affirming Life. The brief is co-authored by Professors Helen Alvaré of Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University in Virginia and Teresa Collett of University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota, the Director of that school’s Pro-Life Center.

A copy of the amicus brief may be downloaded here.


17 thoughts on “Governor Noem Joins Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Abortion Case”

  1. She’s right. I gave birth to my third child between semesters of nursing school and graduated with honors a year later.

    I watched one of our state legislators raise her right hand to be sworn in while nursing an infant under a blanket with her left. It was an inspiring sight.

    No excuses, ladies!

  2. ““For my entire life, women have been told that pregnancy is a barrier to a successful career.”– Give ONE example of that.—– and ohhh those stupid women believe anything they hear, and shouldn’t be allowed personal choices?——– “This lie has led to millions of abortions,”– That is absurd, You are claiming all abortions are a career move—– Roe v. Wade says a woman has the Constitutional right to abortion.. Their reasons do not need approval from the “pro-birthers”….

    1. I heard that a lot in my youth, that pregnancy and child-rearing would interfere with my education and career, and I had friends who dropped out of college when they got pregnant. It was assumed you couldn’t stay in school if you had a child. Same thing with work. If you had a child you had to quit your job.

      It’s really demoralizing, being told you aren’t capable of doing more than one thing at a time.

      1. “If I had not had that abortion, I’m pretty sure there would have been no Fleetwood Mac,” Stevie Nicks.

        “I was worried about my career responsibilities and afraid that I could not exist as both a career woman and mother,” Keke Palmer.

        “It would have been absolute career death for me to have done that … it would have been unthinkable to have a child,” Joan Collins.

        It is really demoralizing being told you aren’t capable of doing more than one thing at a time and you’re crazy for thinking for yourself.

        1. “I chose to kill my unborn child and think of nobody but myself and shirked all personal responsibility for my action”

          All of the above aforementioned women.

      2. And at one time a pregnant unmarried girl just disappeared for a few months, that like the things you listed have mostly become the evil past.. And even if still somewhat true, which i doubt, it is still a womans choice regardless of reasons..

        1. it’s a child, not a choice.
          I know pregnancy is primitive and icky-poo, one has to give up drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and childbirth will make for a really bad hair day, so it’s absolutely the most HORRIBlE thing that a woman can endure! Possibly the worst thing about it is missing manicure appointments to go to the doctor for prenatal visits . Oh, the horror!

        1. So if you are walking down the street and see a person being beat to death its none of your business and you walk on by….very nice upstanding citizen.

  3. The only Governor on the brief if you look at the list….everyone else has an advanced degree, but no other Governors…hmmm

    1. she doesn’t need that “Piled higher & Deeper” thing after her name to impress anybody.

  4. This is risky but interesting move. It’s a reflection that, on some issues at least, she is moderate.

    Like .. REALLY moderate.


    I’m skeptical that feminists would ban abortions.

    Will watch this case .. will it get legs?

  5. to paraphrase Barry Goldwater: extremism in defense of life is no vice, moderation in defense of innocents is no virtue.

    You either value the lives of babies or you want to kill them

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