Tom Lawrence does excellent work documenting the substance of the conversation that Leah Bothamley and Tiffany Campbell attempted to have with Governor Kristi Noem at Golf Addiction in Sioux Falls Tuesday evening before the Governor backed out of her rare pre-announced scheduled public appearance. Lawrence’s account makes clear that the “aggressive demeanor” that Golf Addiction management attributed to a “group that bombarded” the Governor consisted of two women who had abortions demanding that South Dakota state government restore their right to bodily autonomy.
Campbell explained on Twitter that Governor Noem misrepresented to her South Dakota’s abortion ban, claiming that it would allow women who find themselves in the medical situation Campbell faced in 2006, pregnant with twins and having to abort one fetus to save the life of the other, to have their abortions, when in fact South Dakota now allows abortions only to save the pregnant woman’s life. Lawrence also gets on the record Campbell’s description of another incredible whopper from the glowering gubernatrix:
[Campbell] then asked Noem to bring a bill during the 2023 session to allow for such exceptions to the law. Campbell said Noem told her she does not bring or support bills, which Campbell, who worked as a lobbyist in Pierre, said is not accurate.
Gov. Noem’s spokesman, Ian Fury, said Noem listened to Campbell, “clarified some facts,” and then told her “let’s have that debate this legislative session.” He said Noem tried to make it clear that she never supports a bill “before she’s seen specific language” of the bill [Tom Lawrence, “Abortion Is the Issue That Turns SD Politics Fiery, as Gov. Noem Just Discovered During a Campaign Stop in Sioux Falls,” South Dakota Standard, 2022.09.01].
Indeed, Governor Noem proposes bills all the time. The Office of the Governor requested eight specific bills in the 2022 Session. She lobbies for and against bills all the time.
Put Noem’s two incomprehensibly incorrect statements to Campbell Tuesday together with her completely deflective talking-point recitations on Fox News yesterday and CNN on July 3, and you have to wonder if Kristi Noem is able to engage in genuine, factual conversation with anybody.