On hearing of the death of former legislator and anti-choice crusader Roger Hunt, Governor-Elect Kristi Noem issued this statement on Saturday:
Trailblazer? Sure, Hunt blazed a trail in keeping secret the identity of the big-money backer of his failed abortion ban initiative. The fact that then Secretary of State Chris Nelson took Hunt to court in an effort to unveil the source of that big money may have torqued off just enough hard-right Republicans to blaze the trial for Kristi Noem to steal the nomination away from him in the 2010 primary and make her the career politician she is today.
Hunt also made his heart apparent in many votes and statements beyond his anti-choice crusade. In 2007, he voted against funding HPV vaccines to protect young girls from cancer. In 2001, Hunt pushed the 72-hour waiting period and mandatory anti-abortion propaganda that disrespects and endangers women. In 2011 and 2012, Hunt tried to ban women from making surrogacy agreements.
Hunt’s agenda made his heart apparent… and it was not a heart that respected women. South Dakota would be a fairer, safer state if Hunt had left that trail unblazed.