An abortion law in North Dakota, scheduled to take effect on August 1st, has been delayed by a federal judge today.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland granted a temporary injunction to the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing Fargo’s Red River Women’s Clinic.
The law, passed this year by the Republican controlled legislature, declared that an abortion could not be performed after as little as six weeks, or when a heartbeat was first detected. This could be previous to a woman being positive that she was pregnant.
“There is no question that (the North Dakota law) is in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases addressing restraints on abortion,” Hovland wrote. ” (It) is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law based on the United States Supreme Court precedent in Roe v. Wade from 1973 … and the progeny of cases that have followed.”
Bebe Anderson, director of the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, made the following statement.
“The nation’s most extreme abortion ban has been blocked, and the message to hostile politicians could not be clearer: the rights of women guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution and protected by 40 years of Supreme Court precedent cannot be legislated away,” she said.
Several states, most infamously Texas, are making attempts to eliminate the possibility of a woman having an abortion. They are making efforts to circumvent the Supreme Court.
In Bismarck, North Dakota, today, a federal judge delayed the state’s new and severe abortion law.
Alfred James reporting