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
supplemental complaint to the challenge against medication abortion
filed in May, 2013. The supplemental complaint addresses the issue of SB
2305 - which calls for any physician performing an abortion in North Dakota
to have hospital and admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of
the clinic. On June 19th, 2013, the supplemental motion was argued in court,
and the judge
ruled that he would allow the supplemental complaint to be added to the
existing lawsuit. The judge
granted a preliminary injunction stopping this law from going into
effect on 7/31/2013 - just one day before the law was set to take
effect. This case is still being negotiated with the state of
North Dakota at this time. The injunction is still in place at this
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. Proceedings
on this case have not been scheduled.
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