North Dakota: a state that had fewer abortions in 2013 and vigorously defends its pro-life laws against pro-abortion attacks


By Dave Andrusko

NorthDakota4Let’s put these two developments together and see what they tell us about North Dakota and abortion.

First, there’s the headline to the Associated Press story: “ND Clinic On Pace To End Year With Fewest Number Of Abortions In More Than Decade.” That tells us a couple of things.

That the pro-life initiatives that have come fast and furious are making a difference is one. Fewer unborn babies are losing their lives to abortion—a lot fewer.

Tammi Kromenaker is the director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo. She expects her abortion clinic to end 2013 having aborting 1,125 babies—a 15% drop from last year’s total of 1,330!

Then there is an inference, clarified in the first paragraph, that this is North Dakota’s only abortion clinic. That is true. In 2001, the Fargo Women’s Health Organization, the state’s other abortion facilities, closed after 20 years.

Kromenaker attributes the decline to women (as she told the Associated Press) who “thought we were closed and that abortion is illegal,” she said. “Abortion is still legal in the state of North Dakota and we’re still here.”

To get the other side, the AP quoted state Rep. Bette Grande who attributed the 15% reduction to education. As a result, “Women are changing their hearts and minds,” she said. “They are saying, ‘This has affected my thinking.’ More women have thought through the process and said, ‘This is not what I want to do.’ ”

The second development is that North Dakota has spent nearly $159,000 defending a 2011 law (House Bill 1297) that requires abortion-inducing drugs can only be provided by a licensed physician in the woman’s presence.  “Under the law a physician providing the drugs also would have to enter into a contract with another physician who would respond to any medical emergency stemming from use of the drugs,” the Associated Press reported.

Pro-abortion critics, of course, hammer the state for standing up for its own laws. Does anyone think if the shoe were on the other foot they would complain if a state spent money fighting on behalf of a pro-abortion law? Of course not. But the Abortion Industry has deep pockets and is aided by the likes of the ACLU. It costs to respond to their endless stream of lawsuits.

The state was in court just last week, defending House Bill 1297 before the North Dakota Supreme Court which East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin struck down in July.

Mary Spaulding Balch, JD, NRLC Director of State Legislation, told NRL News Today that North Dakota passed this law because some abortionists have begun doing web-cam abortions using a Skype computer screen to talk to a woman in some satellite office where no doctor is present. The abortionist pushes a button on his computer, and a drawer opens in the distant location to dispense the lethal chemical, she explained.

“The practice of web-cam abortions takes the impersonal, assembly-line nature of abortion to a new low,” Balch said. Common sense dictates that the abortionist should be physically present whenever a lethal chemical intentionally is given to a woman, she added.

“This bill requires that and, as a consequence, will help protect women’s health and save unborn babies’ lives.”