Gov. Burgum Signs Bill Outlawing “Dilation and Evacuation” Abortion Procedure
Doctors performing the procedure could be charged with a felony
BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill outlawing the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.
The law makes it a crime for a doctor performing an abortion to use instruments such as clamps, scissors and forceps to remove a fetus from the womb.
Doctors performing the procedure could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Opponents argue that banning the procedure is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions.
Similar laws elsewhere are on hold because of legal challenges.
The bill becomes effective if a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court allows its enforcement.