September 13, 2013 Print

Judge Paves Way for North Dakota Pro-Life Law

by Bethany Monk

A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit challenging a North Dakota law protecting preborn babies with genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. The law also bans sex-selection abortions.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, signed HB 1305 into law in March. The state’s lone abortion seller, Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, filed suit in June.

Tom Freier, executive director of North Dakota Family Alliance, is thrilled with the judge’s decision.

“We really believe this is the will of the people,” he told CitizenLink. “The Legislature passed the measure overwhelmingly. The people understood that we don’t want any abortions, especially those based on gender selection or any abnormality.”

North Dakota is the fifth state to block sex-selection abortions, and the first the ban abortions based on genetic abnormalities.

The other states that ban sex-section abortions are Arizona, Illinois, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

Red River’s suit is also challenging North Dakota’s law banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Freier said a ruling on that part could take as long as a year.

“We were concerned when it was put into litigation,” he said of the challenge to HB 1305. But the judge’s recent dismissal of part of the suit is “a huge step forward.”

Read “North Dakota Passes Landmark Pro-Life Legislation.”

Learn more about the North Dakota Family Alliance.



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