ND Judge Keeps Injunction Against Medication Abortion
North Dakota District Court Judge Wikcham Corwin ruled to keep an existing injunction on a law banning medical abortions in the state, indicating that the law, which would completely ban medical abortion, violates the state constitution. Judge Corwin's ruling will stand until a decision is reached on a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic, the state's only abortion clinic, located in Fargo.
Judge Corwin stated that the law would serve as an "insurmountable barrier" to women seeking abortions in the state since it would require that any drug used for abortion to clearly state on its label that it is meant to be used for abortion. This would outlaw misoprostol, used following mifepristone for medical abortions, because misoprostol labeled as a treatment for stomach ulcers by the FDA.
"North Dakota women already face too many barriers when seeking a safe, legal abortion. The ban on an effective and less invasive procedure is just another way to make it impossible for women to exercise their fundamental reproductive rights," rip 60 said senior staff attorney Suzanne Novak from the Center for Reproductive Rights.
A quarter of all abortions performed within the first trimester are medical abortions. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, medical abortions are safe.
Media Resources: The Daily Report 2/21/12; Associated Press 2/16/12; Center for Reproductive Rights 2/16/12 Press Release; Huffington Post 1/27/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .