‘Tragic situation’: Governor discusses pregnant 10-year-old with CNN host

“As much as we can talk about what we can do for this little girl, I think we should also reach out to those sick people who are doing this to our children,” she said.

Basch replied, “But our bodies are our bodies, and women get pregnant. And in this case it was not a woman. It was a girl.”

On further attack, Noem said: “I would say that I do not believe that a tragic situation should be perpetuated by another tragedy. And so we need to do more to make sure we are truly living a life that says every life is precious, especially innocent lives that were shattered like that 10-year-old girl.”

Basch also asked if Noem would consider the mother’s life in danger in this situation.

“And I think that’s what — yes, this situation, the doctor, the family, the people closest to you will be making decisions for that family.”

She went on to say that “every state will have different laws… This is how our Constitution is designed.”

Noem also said that she believes those who violate South Dakota’s abortion laws should be punished.

And these are doctors, not women. I want to make sure it’s appropriate and that the women are not being punished in this situation and that we really support them as we go forward.”

Regarding paid leave, Noem said, “That’s a discussion that we’re going to have” and “that’s something I’ve supported in the past and talked about.”

Bash also asked if Noem would support a November vote that could expand Obamacare’s Medicaid to allow low-income people without health insurance, especially those who become pregnant, to be covered.

“I think this is interesting because it ensures that the Medicaid expansion will cover able-bodied single people who can work,” Noem said. “And that would also include about $80 million for the state.”

Noem said she herself would not vote for the measure, but would “make sure it was applied fairly and that it was done fairly” if it was passed.