North Dakota judge rejects request to block part of state’s abortion law that restricts doctors

A North Dakota judge denied a request to temporarily block part of the state’s law that doctors claim puts them at risk of prosecution if they perform an abortion.

State District Judge Bruce Romanick ruled on Tuesday that the request from a women’s health clinic for a preliminary injunction “is not appropriate and the plaintiffs have presented no authority for the court to grant the specific relief requested,” according to the Associated Press.

After the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June 2022, overturning the 50-year constitutional right to an abortion, North Dakota’s trigger ban was set to go into place.

Red River Women’s Clinic, which once was North Dakota’s only abortion provider based in Fargo before moving to neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota, sued the state over the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
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