Good News: North Dakota’s Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law Has Been Blocked
12:30 pm, July 23rd | by Colette McIntyre
Finally there is some good news for our poor uteri: a federal judge temporarily blocked North Dakota’s new anti-abortion law — the nation’s most restrictive. The law bans abortions when the fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six week into the pregnancy, before some women even discover they are pregnant.
U.S District Judge Daniel Hovland granted a temporary injunction on the ban which was set to take effect next week, concluding that it violated the 40-year precedent established in Roe v. Wade.
“There is no question that (the North Dakota law) is in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases addressing restraints on abortion,” Hovland wrote in his order. “(It) is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law based on the United States Supreme Court precedent in Roe v Wade from 1973 … and the progeny of cases that have followed.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights, a New York-based legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, filed the lawsuit on behalf of North Dakota’s Red River Women’s Clinic after the ban was signed into law this year by Governor Jack Dalrymple.
Hovland noted that the law would prohibit almonst 90 percent of the abortions currently performed at Red River, the only clinic in North Dakota that provides abortions, likely leading to the clinic’s closure.
“The State of North Dakota has presented no evidence to justify the passage of this troubling law,” Hovland said. “The State has extended an invitation to an expensive court battle over a law restricting abortions that is a blatant violation of the constitutional guarantees afforded to all women.”