PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota lawmakers are denouncing New York state's recently passed abortion law and declaring a day of prayer and fasting "to atone for the unspeakable crime of abortion."
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem proclaimed Saturday, May 4 a "day of prayer and fasting for all" in response to New York's recently signed Reproductive Health Act, and for any other states that may follow suit.
"With all humility and in fitting fear of perdition, it is thus proper to bow before the unseen Author of all life and beg mercy in atonement for our own sins and the sins of our countrymen," reads the proclamation.
New York's law codifies the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision into state statute, and legalizes abortions past 24 weeks "if the woman's health or life are at risk, or if the fetus is not viable."
Noem in the proclamation calls this a permission of "nearly limitless abortion (...) even in the last moments before that child's eyes see the light beyond the womb."
Spokesperson Kristin Wileman said in an emailed statement that Noem was "repulsed by the action taken in New York" and "is committed to defending the unborn."
"The Day of Prayer and Fasting is a call to action for people who share those values," Wileman said.
Noem in the proclamation "request(s) people of all creeds or none at all to observe this day with solemn mourning and pleas to heaven as best their consciences do direct."
The proclamation stems from the Legislature's House Resolution 1003, which denounces New York's law and requests the governor's proclamation. The resolution was passed by the House by a 59-9 vote on February 27.