The Red River Women’s Clinic is filing an injunction to block the North Dakota state law that essentially makes women look at an ultrasound of the baby 24 hours before the abortion.
According to a news release from the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, the new North Dakota law “includes a confusing provision requiring that the ‘auscultation of the fetal heart tone,’ which makes the fetal heartbeat audible, be consistent with ‘standard medical practice in the community,’ without making it clear whether or not the facility is required to offer the woman the opportunity to listen to the fetal heartbeat.”
Adding the equipment to allow women to hear the fetal heartbeat “would impose a high financial burden on the facility,” according to the center, which is working on behalf of the Fargo clinic.
“This law does nothing to enhance the safety of abortion care, and in the end, just subjects the only clinic in North Dakota to strict criminal liability for failing to conform to a medical standard that doesn’t exist,” said Suzanne Stolz, staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, in the news release. “The staff at Red River would either be forced to choose between providing abortions altogether — in effect denying women in the state access to abortion — or risking criminal prosecution to continue providing abortion services.”
Pro-lifers will stop at nothing with their slut-shaming, anti-woman, pro-forced child birth antics. The sad, but not so shocking reality is that the legislation passed in the first place.