Judge Blocks North Dakota Anti-Choice LawPosted: July 23, 2013
On Monday, a federal judge blocked a North Dakota law that would impose some of the harshest restrictions in the nation on women seeking abortions. The law bans abortion at the point that a fetal heartbeat can be detected, an arbitrary date that can occur before a woman even realizes that she is pregnant.
The U.S. District Court Judge delayed the law, scheduled to go into effect on August 1st, until a final court decision has been made. Along with his injunction, the judge included a statement that the North Dakota law is “clearly invalid and unconstitutional,” and “is in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases addressing restraints on abortion.”
North Dakota’s law represents a recent wave of unconstitutional anti-choice lawmaking, a trend that threatens women, expands government, and wastes taxpayer money. The state of North Dakota has already set aside hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend the law that supporters recognize violates established constitutional rights. Antichoice legislators, however, seem to have no qualms about wasting time and money to pursue their unlawful and encroaching social agenda. Earlier this year, bans on abortion after 20 weeks were struck down as unconstitutional in Arizona and Idaho, yet Texas passed a similar law just this month that is expected to meet similar challenges in court.