But Noem did signal that a 10-year-old in the described situation may qualify for the state exception for life-threatening medical emergencies.
“I think that’s something that — yeah, that situation, the doctor, the family, the individuals closest to that will make the decisions there for that family,” she told Bash.
“That’s what’s interesting about the time we live in right now,” Noem added. “Every state will have different laws on the books. The decisions will be made by the legislators that are closest to the people. That’s appropriate. It’s the way our Constitution intended.”
Wyoming, North Dakota, Idaho, and Tennessee are awaiting state action, and legal fights over abortion restrictions are underway in more than a dozen states.
Noem was also asked Sunday about supporting paid family leave or greater financial access to child care.
“That’s a discussion we’re going to have. I think it’s important that we back up exactly what I have been saying since I’m governor, that we want stronger families,” she told Bash. “Many times, it’s the financial cost, the medical cost and the leave policy that many people have a tough time supporting. But I think, in South Dakota, that the time is right.”
Noem, however, said she does not back expanding Medicaid, which is on the state’s ballot in November. The measure would cover low-income women without health insurance in South Dakota during and after pregnancy.
CNN’s Devan Cole and Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.