abortion

Trump attorney hired to represent South Dakota in abortion case

Jay Sekulow (ACLJ)PIERRE, S.D. (KVRR) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says renowned attorney Jay Sekulow has been hired to join the state’s legal team in its ongoing legal battle against Planned Parenthood. South Dakota is asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a state law requiring women to consult with a pregnancy help center before deciding whether…

State senator says North Dakota likely to use Texas abortion law as model

Sen. Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg) BISMARCK, N.D.  – A lawmaker who heads North Dakota’s anti-abortion legislative caucus said Thursday it’s likely the Republican-led Legislature will seek to pass a measure mirroring a new Texas law that virtually bans all abortions and that the Supreme Court has allowed to remain in force. GOP Sen. Janne Myrdal, one of the Legislature’s most ardent…

South Dakota law banning Down syndrome abortions goes into effect

PIERRE, S.D. (KVRR) – A new law goes into effect in South Dakota Thursday which bans abortions when tests indicate a fetus may have Down syndrome. “Several pro-life bills that I signed are becoming law in South Dakota TODAY, including a ban on abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis” Gov. Kristi Noem said on social media Thursday.  “We’re protecting…

Supreme Court will consider major abortion rights case

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights, saying it will take up Mississippi’s bid to enforce a 15-week ban on abortion. The court’s order Monday sets up a showdown over abortion, probably in the fall, with a more conservative court apparently ready to dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion…

North Dakota Senate rejects bill to ban abortion clinics within 30 miles of a school

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – The North Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would prohibit abortion clinics from operating within 30 miles of a school. Opponents of the measure say it would supersede the authority of local governments to make zoning decisions. Turtle Lake Republican Senator Howard Anderson says if the bill passed, the state would, in effect, be “banging…

North Dakota lawmakers vote against abortion clinic zoning bill

BISMARCK, N.D. – A North Dakota Senate panel has refused to endorse a bill prohibiting any new abortion clinics from opening within 30 miles of a school. The bill would also prevent the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s only abortion clinic, from expanding. The Senate Political Subdivisions Committee on Thursday gave the bill a “do-not-pass” recommendation, after…

South Dakota bill bans abortions based on Down syndrome

Gov. Kristi NoemPIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has introduced a bill that would ban abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis. The bill was introduced as part of the legislative session and noted that Friday was the 48th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe versus Wade, which declared that women have a constitutional right…

Judge Rejects New Federal Health Rule Affecting Abortions

Plaintiffs had argued that the rule was unconstitutional.

NEW YORK–A federal judge in New York has struck down a rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds. Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled Wednesday in Manhattan. The ruling came after health organizations and others sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Others opposing the rule include women’s groups,…

Legal Fight Begins Over Minnesota Abortion Laws

The coalition involved says Minnesota's abortion restrictions are medically unnecessary.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Plaintiffs seeking to overturn Minnesota abortion laws have had their first day in court. A coalition of groups urged a Ramsey County District Court judge Wednesday to let their case proceed while state attorneys argue the lawsuit should be tossed out. Judge Thomas Gilligan indicated he would take some time to make an initial ruling in a case…