BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has been poised for years to outlaw abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its landmark 1973 ruling legalizing the procedure nationwide.
A 2007 state law makes it a felony to perform an abortion unless necessary to prevent the woman’s death or in cases of rape or incest.
North Dakota is one of about a dozen states, including South Dakota, that have laws that would ban abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as a draft opinion leaked late Monday suggests.
North Dakota has just one abortion provider, the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo.
Governor Doug Burgum released a statement on the situation regarding Roe v. Wade, stating, “Our administration has consistently supported pro-life legislation, and we welcome the prospect of this issue being returned to the states where it belongs.”