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.
Legislature has passed numerous bills that have threatened women's
reproductive rights in the state of North Dakota. Red River Women's Clinic
will continue to do everything in our power to keep our doors open. We are pleased to report that
Center for Reproductive Rights has vowed to fight for Red River Women's
MEDICATION ABORTION RESTRICTIONS:
1297 was passed. This bill called for restrictions on how medication
abortion can be offered. In
mid-April, 2013, a 3 day trial was held in Cass County District Court to
stop these restrictions.
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 appealed
this decision to the ND Supreme Court. This appeal was held in
front of the ND Supreme Court on 12/11/2013. On Tuesday, October
28th, 2014, the ND Supreme Court overturned the lower court ruling and
let HB 1297 take effect.
UPDATE: On March 30, 2016, the FDA approved a new label for the abortion
pill, nullifying the provisions of HB 1297 that affected the
administration of medication abortions. Medication abortion is now
available for women in North Dakota up to 10 weeks 0 days, and
generally, only one trip to the clinic is needed to complete the
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, 2013, 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. On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, this case was argued in
front of a 3 judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. On July
22nd, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the District Court Judge's
ruling. The North Dakota Attorney General appealed the 8the Circuit
decision to the United States Supreme Court in the fall of 2015. In
January, 2016, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case
- meaning the 8th Circuit decision stands and the law is not valid.
CAN YOU HELP?
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stay up to date on news, happenings & events related to the court cases
or general reproductive rights information.
help with the lengthy, costly legal battle? You
can donate your
tax deductible contribution to
the Center for Reproductive Rights and earmark your donation for North Dakota OR you can send
the clinic a contribution that will be used for legal defense. Please note that RRWC is not a 501c3, so
your contribution is not a tax deductible donation.
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