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. UPDATE: On Tuesday, October
28th, 2014, the ND Supreme Court overturned the lower court ruling and
let HB 1297 take effect. Red River Women's Clinic is devastated to have
to discontinue offering medication abortions to our patients after this
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 Wednesday, April 16th, Federal District Court Judge Daniel Hovland
permanently enjoined HB 1456 from becoming law.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, this case was argued in
front of a 3 judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. We are
awaiting a ruling from the panel - there is no deadline for them to
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help with the lengthy, costly legal battle? You
can donate your
tax deductible contribution to CRR and earmark your donation for North Dakota OR you can send
the clinic a contribution. Please note that RRWC is not a 501c3, so
your contribution is not a tax deductible donation.
log on to Pay Pal and email a payment to the clinic right now:
your PayPal account & click on the Send Money tab
the Red River Women's Clinic email -
the amount you wish to donate - then click on "I'm sending money to family
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are so moved to send a check today - please send to us at 512 1st Avenue
North, Fargo, ND 58102.
also call the clinic to process a payment over the phone through a credit
card - 701-298-9999. Just tell us you want to make a donation & we
will process it via our square reader.
donations made through the Network for Good site on our Funding page is for
the ND WIN Fund - which goes to help our patients pay for their services -
these are also helpful dollars that will be gladly accepted.
you all for your support - the response has been overwhelming!