Measure to temporarily halt North Dakota abortion ban denied by courts

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(Bismarck, ND) -- An effort to temporarily block a ban on abortions in North Dakota has been denied by the courts.

The decision comes from the case between the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Red River Women's Clinic vs North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, with the plaintiffs arguing the abortion ban is in violation with the state constitution's protection of life and health.

“Though we are disappointed by today’s decision, the court did not reach the constitutional questions at the heart of this case, and we remain confident that we will prevail after the court hears further evidence of how this law harms pregnant North Dakotans,” says Meetra Mehdizadeh, staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

This only impacts the denied temporary pause, and the case will continue to move forward. 

"North Dakotans can’t be granted even temporary relief as the court hears our case?” said Tammi Kromenaker, Director of Red River Women’s Clinic, a plaintiff in the case. “I hate to think that someone is harmed as a result of this denial. Abortion is a medical procedure. It is not a crime. No one should be denied health care they are entitled to.”