North Dakota’s Abortion Ban Will Go Into Effect on July 28 to Save Babies From Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 28, 2022   |   11:23AM   |   Bismarck, North Dakota

Babies will be protected from abortions in just one month when the abortion ban North Dakota has already passed will go into effect following the Supreme Court’s monumental decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

North Dakota is one of 13 states with a trigger law approved by the state legislature to ban abortions immediately after Roe’s reversal and the law requires the state attorney general to certify that the abortion ban is constitutional. Attorney General Drew Wrigley has done just that.

Wrigley says he has certified the “preconditions for enforcement” of the state’s abortion ban and indicated it will take effect July 28, 30 days after his certification as the trigger law requires. Although the law can go into effect now it can’t be enforced until the 30 day period expires.

“I hereby certify that the preconditions for enforcement…have been satisfied and this provision shall be given its full effect on July 28, 2022, the thirtieth day after the date of this certification letter,” Wrigley wrote in a statement today.

The legislature approved the ban in 2007 and it protects babies from abortions starting at conception while allowing exemptions for very rare cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.

The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo is the state’s only abortion business and it has been raising funds form abortion activists to move across the border into Minnesota, where abortion is expected to remain legal for now.

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As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.

Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.

Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. Yesterday, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th. And Tennessee is expected to have an abortion ban go into effect as early as today.

Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.

Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”

This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion.