A North Dakota judge has issued a ruling putting the state’s abortion on hold. It was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow.
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 but the state’s lone abortion business filed suit against the law.
Ironically, the abortion company is no longer in the state – having relocated on the Minnesota side of the border from Fargo, where it was located.
Still, Judge Bruce Romanick of the South Central Judicial District in Burleigh County issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect while the lawsuit winds its way through the court system.
had the law gone into effect it would have joined Texas, Tennessee and Idaho in protecting babies from abortions as all three states had trigger laws go into effect today. In total, 15 states currently have abortion bans or heartbeat laws on the books saving babies from abortions. Another 8 states have bans blocked by courts.
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.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court 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.
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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. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, 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.”
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 and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.