A federal judge has temporarily blocked a recent North Dakota law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks – the earliest prohibition in the nation – calling the measure “clearly unconstitutional” and a “troubling law.”
“The United States Supreme Court has unequivocally said that no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability. North Dakota House Bill 1456 is clearly unconstitutional under an unbroken stream of United States Supreme Court authority,” Judge Daniel Hovland wrote in a 22-page ruling granting a preliminary injunction
As Politico notes, today’s ruling is only a temporary one; however, few expect a different ruling when the lawsuit in question actually gets its day in court. In fact, even North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple predicted a fight when he signed the bill into law back in March, though we suspect supporters of the bill remain disappointed nonetheless.
15:49 // 7 months ago
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday signed a measure giving the state the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, a bill banning the procedure in most cases once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks.
Dalrymple also said the constitutionality of the measure was an open question and said state lawmakers should appropriate money to a litigation fund for the state attorney general to defend against any possible challenges to the law.
"Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade," Dalrymple said in a statement.
Considering many women don’t even receive confirmation that they’re pregnant until four to six weeks after conception, the decision essentially gives women roughly fourteen days (if they’re lucky) to decide whether or not they’d like to be a mother. Because forcing people to rush important decisions, like whether or not somebody wants to be a parent, is always a good idea, right?
14:29 // 11 months ago