Hospital Grants Credentials to North Dakota Abortion Providers


Physicians for North Dakota’s only abortion clinic have been granted admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, which means those providers can continue offering abortions in the state.

According to the Associated Press, Sanford Health, a Dakotas-based health-care system, granted the admitting privileges to the doctors of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo. The credentials bring the clinic into compliance with a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to first obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. The Center for Reproductive Rights sued on behalf of the clinic to block the law, arguing it was unconstitutional. Trial in the case was set to begin this week, but the court removed it from its calendar, as the parties reported they were close to settling the matter.

With the doctors at the Red River Women’s Clinic credentialed, the lawsuit challenging the North Dakota admitting privileges requirement looks to be that much closer to settlement. But the terms of any such settlement remain unclear. “Because negotiations with the state are ongoing, we cannot discuss the details of any potential settlement before it is finalized,” Autumn Katz, staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.

North Dakota is not the only state fighting over the legality of hospital admitting privileges requirements. So far, federal courts have blocked similar laws in Mississippi, Alabama, and Wisconsin. A Texas admitting privileges law is currently in effect.

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  • radsenior

    The GOP of today is not the party I joined; it’s not the party of my parents. It’s a party that has been radicalized and held hostage by a group of extremists calling themselves TEA party, Libertarian and Evangelical. TEA-Republicans along with Evangelicals and Libertarians, will run their candidates hawking against same-sex marriages, keeping minimum wage minimal, limiting healthcare for the poor and weak while cutting taxes and creating tax abatements for the privileged. The radical extremes have implemented their religious beliefs into law in states and areas where they have gained office. This has come about from Gerrymandering states to create areas that do not represent adequately, proportionally and equitability the difference in ethnic populous. And states have had TRAP laws passed to limit these healthcare providers ability to perform their services.
    It is going to take boots-on-the-ground, full-court press to off-set massive money to be thrown around to remove TEA-types and Republicans who have veered too far to the extreme right. It is going to take hard work to clean state houses and Washington. IF YOU DO NOT REGISTER TO VOTE AND DO NOT VOTE, OR ARE DENIED YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE, IT IS JUST LIKE VOTING FOR THE OPPOSITION!