The North Dakota Supreme Court decided to uphold a state law on Tuesday which restricts medication abortions, a non-surgical method of interrupting a pregnancy by using certain drugs, ruling that the restriction was constitutional, according to The Huffington Post. Abortion-rights activists claim that the law is essentially a ban on medication abortion.
The highest court in the state said that 3 of its 5 members came to the conclusion that the restrictions on medication abortion were unconstitutional under the United States Constitution, but that it would require a 4-judge majority for the court to find the law unconstitutional. The ruling reversed a district court judgement that had prevented the state from enforcing the law.
“Today’s decision directly conflicts with courts across the US that have rejected the idea that politicians have any place in the practice of medicine or in women’s deeply personal decisions about their pregnancies, their health, their families, and their future,” Nancy Northrup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement.