By Dave Andrusko
As of this morning, there are no further details to a bare-boned story that came out of North Dakota yesterday, reporting that pro-abortionists and the state of North Dakota had “settled a lawsuit” over a 2013 law that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
A trial had been scheduled today before Judge Wickham Corwin who has not been friendly to pro-life initiatives.
In an email to Bloomberg News, Autumn Katz, a lawyer for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), wrote, “We are in settlement negotiations in the case.” A spokeswoman for the Attorney General confirmed the cancellation yesterday but offered no further details.
Other states are fighting to preserve similar laws in court. For example, a trial judge struck down Texas’ law but a federal appeals court subsequently allowed the state to enforce the law while Texas seeks to overturn Judge Lee Yeakel’s decision.
In Wisconsin, a U.S. appeals court upheld U.S. District Judge William Conley’s July 8 preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the mandate. That case is scheduled for trial May 27.
Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson heard argument from lawyers for Alabama and the ACLU over whether it’s law should stand.
The CRR won permission to add its challenge to the hospital admitting privileges law to a already-pending lawsuit it filed over other North Dakota abortion regulations. That included a law regulating chemical abortions which Corwin struck down and which North Dakota is appealing to the state Supreme Court.