LEGISLATION & LITIGATION
Abortion is STILL legal in the state of North Dakota
River Women's Clinic is OPEN, available for appointments and
LEGALLY performing abortions in the state of North Dakota.
The 2013 ND
Legislature passed a sweeping package of bills that have threatened women's
reproductive rights in the state of North Dakota. Red River Women's Clinic has vowed to
challenge these bills in court. We are pleased to report that
Center for Reproductive Rights has vowed to fight for Red River Women's
Women's Clinic is engaged with the state of ND on some of the restrictions
brought up in recent legislative sessions:
MEDICATION ABORTION RESTRICTIONS:
the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit to prevent portions of HB
1297 that restrict medication abortion from going into effect. In
mid-April, 2013, a 3 day trial was held in Cass County District Court.
in late July that all provisions of HB 1297 that relate to medication
abortion are unconstitutional and permanently enjoined the restrictions
from going into effect. The State of North Dakota has appealed
this decision to the ND Supreme Court. This appeal was held in
front of the ND Supreme Court on 12/11/2013 - and a decision should be
forth coming later in 2014.
Supreme Court recently
dismissed a challenge to a similar law in Oklahoma:
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO
of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
“The Supreme Court has let stand a
strong decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court that recognized this law
for what it is: an outright ban on a safe method of ending a pregnancy
in its earliest stages, and an unconstitutional attack on women’s health
ADMITTING PRIVILEGES REQUIREMENTS
River Women's Clinic physicians have obtained the admitting privileges
required by SB 2305. We have negotiated a settlement with the state of
ND that states that they will maintain those privileges as long as
required by law. If their privileges are revoked or not renewed, a new
lawsuit may be filed at that time. This back door attempt to close our
doors was unsuccessful, and we will continue to push back against
challenges such as these.
WEEK BAN AKA THE HEARTBEAT BAN
June 25th, the Center for Reproductive Rights
lawsuit in federal court challenging HB 1456 - which is a
pre-viability ban that bans abortions when a detectable heartbeat can be found.
This law, when passed, became the earliest and most restrictive abortion
law in the United States.
On Monday, July 22nd, a federal judge in Bismarck
issued a preliminary
injunction stopping this law from going into effect. Oral
arguments on our motion for Summary Judgment in this case will be heard
in US District Court in Bismarck, ND on Friday, April 4th, 2014.
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