By Dave Andrusko
I guess North Dakota’s only abortion clinic figured if they’d sue the state for one new abortion-related law, they might as well challenge an older abortion-related law.
On Tuesday Red River Women’s Clinic, a Fargo abortion clinic, working with the AMA and represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights, filed a federal lawsuit against HB 1336, which passed the House 73-16 in late January and the Senate 34-11 in February.
The Abortion Pill Reversal Informed Consent bill requires abortion facilities to provide information to any woman seeking an abortion about how she can potentially save her baby if she changes her mind after taking the first medication, but not the second. Eight states have such laws.
They also went after a part of the state’s 1975 Abortion Control Act which requires physicians to inform women that an abortion will “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”
The plaintiffs recycled the usual pro-abortion talking points against HB 1336. “The lawsuit argues the requirements ‘compel physicians and their agents to speak government-mandated messages that entail providing to their patients misleading or even patently false, non-medical information with which they disagree,’” according to John Hageman of the Grand Forks Herald.
As to the latter statement, the pro-abortion plaintiffs allege the statement is “ideologically contrived” and “deviates from medical definition.”