The Center for Reproductive Rights, which has fought pro-life laws in North Dakota before, is promising a “relentless” fight to overturn bills restricting abortions passed by the legislature earlier this year:
“Our message back to politicians hostile to reproductive rights in North Dakota and nationwide is crystal clear: We are going to fight back relentlessly against your attacks on the women of your state,” she said. “We are not going to let you hijack women’s decisions about their families, health and future. We are going to ensure that women’s rights are protected with the full force of the law, and we are going to keep the full range of reproductive health care safe, legal and accessible to all women.”
A nearly identical law in Mississippi has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge after the center challenged the law on behalf of Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic, according to a news release issued by the center.
It’s interesting that the group classifies the pro-life bills as an “attacks on the women” of North Dakota.
When abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted, the left was quick to applaud the conviction as a win for women. But Gosnell wasn’t convicted for his crimes against women (though he is guilty of plenty). He was convicted, specifically, for murdering babies.
It’s amazing how these groups consistently ignore the children, but maybe not surprising. The most bold of the state’s new pro-life bills prohibits abortion when a heartbeat is detected. It would be a tough sell, in terms of public opinion, for this group to announce that they want to protect the right to stop the beating heart of a child.
So, instead, they try to redefine the issue as an attack on women.
Meanwhile, at least one pro-life group is on the record saying they’ll help the State of North Dakota fight this lawsuit. The Center for Life at Alliance Defending Freedom has offered their services. The question is, will Attorney Wayne Stenehjem accept the help?
Senator Heidi Heitkamp argued, in an April interview with Valley News Live’s Chris Berg, that she thought it would be legally problematic for the state to accept outside help. A real issue, or is Heitkamp just concern trolling to hamstring the fight to defend these laws?