Babies will be protected from abortion in just one month when the abortion ban in North Dakota goes into effect following the landmark Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
North Dakota is one of 13 states with a state legislature that passed trigger law to ban abortions immediately after Roe’s repeal, and the law requires the state attorney general to confirm that the abortion ban is constitutional. Attorney General Drew Wrigley has done just that.
Wrigley says he has certified the “conditions for enforcement” of the state’s abortion ban and has indicated that it will come into effect July 28, 30 days after his certification, as the trigger law requires. While the law can go into effect now, it cannot be enforced until the 30-day period has expired.
“I hereby declare that the conditions for enforcement have been met and that this provision will become fully effective on July 28, 2022, the thirtieth day after the date of this certification letter,” Wrigley wrote in a statement today.
The legislature passed the ban in 2007, and it protects babies from abortion from conception while allowing exceptions for very rare cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life.
The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo is the state’s only abortion company,. It has raised money from abortion activists to cross the border into Minnesota, where abortion is expected to remain legal for now.
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As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, holding a 6-3 majority decision in the Dobbs case that “the Constitution does not grant the right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, allowing states to restrict abortions further and remove the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the verdict but, in his opinion, disagreed with the reasoning, saying he wanted to keep abortion legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was destroyed and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions, and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state to protect babies from abortion and Kentucky became 4th, and Louisiana became 5th, and Ohio became 6th, and Utah became 7th, Oklahoma became 8th, and Alabama became 9th. Yesterday Mississippi took 10th and South Carolina 11th. And in Tennessee, an abortion ban is expected to go into effect as early as today.
Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books, but whether they apply and will be enforced is questionable.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or expeditiously ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
“Abortion poses a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of any state from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey have usurped that authority. We now reject those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was wrong from the start. The reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have fueled debate and deepened divisions.”
This is a milestone for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After nearly 50 years of staining the moral fabric of our country, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Judges Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer wrote a joint dissent condemning the decision to allow states to impose “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show that Americans support abortion.