The following is a statement from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President and CEO Sarah Stoesz on today’s ruling by a federal judge which struck down a North Dakota abortion ban.
“Today, a federal judge struck down a North Dakota law that would ban safe and legal abortion as early as 6 weeks — before a woman may even know she is pregnant. This ban was part of a sweeping package of bills from the 2013 legislative session aimed at making abortion inaccessible in the state.”
“We congratulate the Red River Women’s Clinic and the Center for Reproductive Rights on this legal victory for the women of North Dakota."
“This should send a clear message to politicians in North Dakota. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith in consultation with her doctor – not to politicians. These are deeply personal and often complex decisions for women and their families. Government has no place intruding on these decisions.”