A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota’s abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional.
The law banned most abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be first detected.
“The North Dakota strict ban on abortions at the time when a ‘heartbeat’ has been detected — essentially banning all abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy — cannot withstand a constitutional challenge,” U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland wrote in his decision.
“A woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy before viability has been recognized by the United States Supreme Court for more than 40 years. The United States Supreme Court has clearly determined the dispositive issue presented in this lawsuit. This court is not free to impose its own view of the law.”
The law, thought to be the nation’s toughest anti-abortion measure, was signed by the state’s governor last year.
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