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North Dakota’s only abortion clinic filed a lawsuit in state court on Thursday to block a law banning abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v . Wade.
The Red River Women’s Clinic argues that the ban violates the rights to life, security and happiness guaranteed by the state constitution which protects the right to abortion. He said the ban also infringes on the right to liberty because it “deprives patients of the ability to control decisions about their family and their health”.
The North Dakota lawsuit is just the latest litigation to target abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court ruled the procedure was no longer protected by the US Constitution.
The lawsuit also questions Attorney General Drew Wrigley’s statement that the ban would go into effect on July 28. The clinic argued that the Supreme Court issued its opinion on June 24 but has yet to issue its judgment, which it says is a necessary step to trigger the condition. to forbid. The clinic said the high court usually takes this action at least 25 days after the notice.
In certifying the closing date, Wrigley said “there is no ambiguity” in the Supreme Court’s decision. Wrigley did not immediately return messages Thursday seeking comment.
Tammi Kromenaker, owner and operator of Red River Women’s Clinic in downtown Fargo, said the facility would cross the river to Moorhead, Minn., if necessary, but would explore all legal options to keep it going. opened in North Dakota.
“We have faced relentless attacks from North Dakota lawmakers who have long wanted us out,” Kromenaker said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “But we will fight this draconian ban like other outrageous bans and restrictions that have come before it.”
“In the meantime, we will keep our doors open to provide abortion care to patients who need us,” she said.
Wrigley and Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick are named as defendants. Burdick did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
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