This Republican Governor is pushing back against the pro-abortion mob by declaring 2024 “Freedom for Life” year

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In a time when many in the Republican party are running scared from the abortion issue, it’s refreshing to hear there are still a few brave souls willing to stand up and fight for the preborn.

It’s become almost normal to hear so-called “pro-life” Republicans sell out on the issue of abortion all to ensure they don’t lose their precious election.

But one Republican is pushing back against the pro-abortion mob by declaring 2024 “Freedom for Life” year.

In a groundbreaking move, South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem has declared 2024 as the “Freedom for Life” year. 

Her declaration reinforces the state’s unwavering commitment to defending the rights of the unborn and supporting mothers throughout their journey.

Gov. Noem, in her State of the State address, passionately stated, “[b]eing pro-life means valuing the child’s life before their birth and throughout their life; it also means valuing and protecting that mother’s life.” 

This shatters the narrative that pro-life advocates only focus on the unborn, emphasizing the holistic approach of valuing both the child and the mother.

The governor highlighted the critical importance of the first 1,000 days of life, from conception to age two, and the profound impact it has on a child’s future outcomes. 

Drawing from research in neuroscience, biology, and early childhood development, Gov. Noem emphasized the need for nurturing both mothers and their babies for healthy physical, emotional, and mental growth.

“We care about the lives of our mothers and children,” Gov. Noem asserted, acknowledging the need for further efforts to address rising death rates, especially among Native Americans on tribal lands. 

Disturbingly, 2021 data revealed that pregnant Native American women faced a maternal mortality rate nearly three times higher than their white counterparts. 

Poverty rates and limited access to checkups were cited as contributing factors.

To address these challenges, Gov. Noem highlighted South Dakota’s Bright Start program, offering one-on-one nursing services to first-time moms and their babies, ensuring care from pregnancy to the child’s second birthday. 

The Pregnancy Health Home, part of the Department of Social Services, provides care coordination to pregnant mothers enrolled in Medicaid, including access to prenatal and postpartum coverage.

Notably, the Governor stressed the state’s commitment to assisting pregnant mothers struggling with substance abuse disorder, offering support and accountability through their treatment.

In her call to action, Gov. Noem directed mothers and others to the state government’s website,, providing a wealth of information on pregnancy, parenting, financial resources, adoption, and more.

Amidst pro-abortion rhetoric attempting to paint pro-life advocates as neglecting the needs of mothers, Gov. Noem’s actions speak louder than words. 

Pro-life organizations, including pregnancy resource centers, provide comprehensive support for women facing crisis pregnancies, dispelling the false narrative.

A 2022 report by the Charlotte Lozier Institute revealed that pro-life pregnancy centers saved over 828,000 lives from 2016 to 2020 and millions since their inception. 

Despite this life-saving work, pro-abortion politicians have often targeted and maligned these centers for not promoting abortion.

Governor Noem’s recent declaration builds on South Dakota’s reputation as one of the most pro-life states in the nation. 

With the enforcement of a near-total abortion trigger law after the overturn of Roe v. Wade and the steadfast stance against chemical abortions, the Mount Rushmore State continues to lead the charge in protecting the unborn.

In a joint statement with South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, Gov. Noem emphasized, “South Dakota will continue to enforce all laws including those that respect and protect the lives of the unborn. We trust pharmacists doing business in this state will take the same approach to respecting life.”

For the pro-life movement, Gov. Noem’s “Freedom for Life” year is a resounding victory, signaling a steadfast commitment to upholding the sanctity of life in South Dakota.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.