Montana and North Dakota Respond to Supreme Court Overturning of Roe v Wade |


The United States Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in favor of a Mississippi law banning all abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. The decision effectively reverses Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that abortion is federally protected under the Constitution, and returns the legality of abortion to individual states.

North Dakota is one of the states with a trigger law, passed by the 2007 legislature. This legislation will make it a crime to perform an abortion except where necessary to prevent the death of a child. a woman, or in cases of rape or incest, once it comes into force.

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley released a statement to the media saying his office is reviewing the decision to determine what the state’s way forward is.

“The Attorney General’s office is evaluating Dobbs’ opinion in great detail,” he said. “We will pay particular attention to its impact on North Dakota’s abortion laws.”

By law, the attorney general’s office has 30 days to certify whether the Dobbs decision will cause North Dakota’s abortion laws to come into effect, Wrigley added.

Abortion is still legal in Montana, but Gov. Greg Gianforte said he’s ready to call a special session to change that.

“Today marks a historic victory for life, families and science,” he said in a press release. “With this monumental decision, the Supreme Court has returned power to the American people and their elected officials. I am in discussion with legislative leaders on next steps as we work to protect life in Montana.

The Montana Democratic Party (MDP), meanwhile, released a statement saying it refused to stop fighting for its constitutional rights. They believe that the decision overturning Roe v. Wade deprives Americans of established rights.

“Make no mistake about it, our state Constitution’s protections for our private health care decisions, including abortion, are under attack,” the MDP said. “The Montana GOP is coming for our Constitution and our right to privacy. They have made it clear that they will not stop until they control even our most personal and private decisions. The Montana Democratic Party will not let them.

Montana Republicans, however, said the decision was about justice.

“The United States Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case today ends a historic injustice and rightfully ends one of the world’s most horrific abortion policies,” Daines said. . “The long-awaited demise of court-ordered abortion-on-demand gives new hope to unborn children and their mothers across America. Now the American people begin a new chapter in which, through the through his elected representatives at the state and federal levels, he has the power to end the violence of abortion I will not rest until the day when every child is protected by our laws and can enjoy the right the most sacred of our nation: the right to life.

Republican lawmakers across the MonDak also welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision.

In July, Senator Cramer joined Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and more than 200 members of Congress to file an amicus brief supporting the State of Mississippi in Dobbs v . Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s law protecting life.

“This Supreme Court decision is a victory for the lives and rights of states,” Cramer said. “This is one of the most important decisions of my life. In the past 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, millions of helpless babies have been murdered. Countless lives will now be saved and the principle fundamental federalism will be restored. This decision reaffirms the tradition of the State of North Dakota to protect every human life, whether unborn or old, healthy or sick, and I am encouraged by the majority of the Court supreme.

Governor Doug Burgum also welcomed the decision.

“Today’s historic Supreme Court decision returns power to the states where it belongs,” he said. “Our administration has always supported pro-life legislation and this decision is a victory for the many North Dakotans who have fought so hard and for so long to protect unborn children in our state.”

This reaction was not shared by the Democratic-NPL legislature and legislative candidates. In 2014, North Dakota rejected a measure that would have completely banned abortions with more than 64% of the vote. The North Dakota Democratic-NPL issued a statement saying it defends a woman’s inherent right to make her own decisions, free from government interference.

“A woman’s right to choose has been legal precedent since 1973 and reversing her decision is detrimental to women’s health care,” said Megan Edwardson, a candidate at ND House in Fargo. “A woman’s decision on abortion should always be between her and her doctor, and I will fight for policies that always support a woman’s right to choose.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota, meanwhile, called the Supreme Court’s decision a “disgraceful decision.”

“The ACLU of North Dakota is working with partners and vendors to respond to this decision and fight back. Anti-abortion politicians have put North Dakota on the wrong side of history for far too long, and the ACLU is determined not to let them off the hook,” said Libby Skarin, director of campaigns for the ACLU of North Dakota.

Planned Parenthood North Central States, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska issued a press release indicating that they remain committed to providing abortion care wherever it remains legal.


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