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PRESS RELEASE: North Dakota Supreme Court Rejects Pro-Abortion Advocates Challenge to Pro-Life Law

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Oct. 28, 2014

Alison Howard

North Dakota Supreme Court Rejects Pro-Abortion Advocates Challenge to Pro-Life Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Dakota’s highest court overturned a decision by Judge Wickham Corwin invalidating legislation passed to protect women by ensuring that abortion-causing drugs are used according to their FDA-approved guidelines. The Court made it clear that they were closely divided on whether the state’s constitution contains a “fundamental right to abortion” as Judge Corwin declared.

Penny Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America, said: “This decision is good news for the safety of North Dakota women. And we hope on Nov. 4 that North Dakota voters will decide to affirm life and give clarity to the intentions of the people of the state in protecting the unborn.

Concerned Women for America State Director of North Dakota, Janne Myrdal said: “We dodged a bullet today, but Measure 1 is the only way to ensure that we don’t get a future ruling imposing virtually unlimited abortion as happened in neighboring Montana in a lawsuit brought by some of the same people opposing Measure 1. Right now it appears that two justices of the Supreme Court would rule to invent a right to abortion, two would rule against it, and the fifth justice would not address the issue. That should put every North Dakotan on notice – we need Measure 1 to protect ourselves against judges imposing a right to abortion in our state that is far broader than what is required by federal court decisions.”

For an interview with Penny Nance or Janne Myrdal, please contact Alison Howard at or 202-266-4816.

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