Updated: North Dakota abortion trigger ban temporarily blocked by lawsuit, State's Attorney General reacts

(Update: 5:50 p.m) -- North Dakota's Attorney General is commenting on the temporary trigger law pause.

"In light of State District Court Judge Bruce Romanick's decision issued today, I will officially re-certify what has been clear from the day that the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Dobbs: Roe v. Wade has been reversed, and NDCC 12.1-31-12 shall be given its full effect, in accordance with its provisions, "said North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley,"  My certification will be delivered to the North Dakota Legislative Council before 6:00 pm today, July 27, 2022."

This is a developing story, stick with WDAY Radio as we learn more about responses from state officials.


(Fargo, ND) --  North Dakota's trigger ban is temporarily paused following a lawsuit filed by a human rights organization.

The lawsuit, filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, would allow for abortion services to continue at the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo. 

"We're relieved that a North Dakota state court has blocked its devastating trigger ban for now. If allowed to go into effect, this near-total abortion ban would close the state's sole abortion clinic, leaving North Dakotans with no clinic within the state to turn for essential health care, "said Meetra Mehdizadeh, Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, "We will do everything in our power to fight this ban and keep abortion accessible in North Dakota for as long as possible."

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