North Dakota Medication Abortion Restrictions Permanently Blocked

On Monday, District Court Judge Wickham Corwin issued a permanent injunction in the legal challenge to the state’s 2011 law that severely restricts medication abortions. The ruling was expected after Judge Corwin previously announced after a three-day trial in April that he intended to strike the law as unconstitutional. Monday’s order finalizes that earlier announcement.

That’s not the end to the legal challenges over abortion restrictions in North Dakota, however. The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a supplemental challenge to a law designed to shut down the state’s only abortion clinic, the Red River Women’s Clinic. The law, passed just this year, imposes medically unwarranted requirements that any physician performing abortions in the state must have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles. Judge Corwin will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the law on July 31 in Fargo.

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  • fiona64

    And again, I find myself thanking Deity for a governmental system with checks and balances … to say nothing of being grateful for judges who realize that women are fully sentient and capable of making medical decisions without interference.

    • BigSofty

      I think you might find it’s that whole deity nonsense which caused this in the first place.

  • billfalls

    It’s encouraging that the injunction came from a state judge (not clear in the article, but see the injunction linked in the lead paragraph). This isn’t the familiar pattern of federal judges stepping in to protect rights no state official seems to care about.

    The injunction is worth reading – very clear and firm about women’s right to choose and the state’s failure to prove its claim that the new restrictions would benefit women.

  • LittleMissMellaril

    Well, at least some people have sense!