North Dakota Today. What's Next Tomorrow?

Today, North Dakota achieved the shameful distinction of enacting the most restrictive law on abortion in any state. In addition to passing a bill that would ban abortions after only six weeks of pregnancy, Gov. Jack Dalrymple also signed into law a separate bill that targets women with medically complicated pregnancies and a bill designed to shut down the one abortion clinic in the state.

We need to make sure our elected officials know they work for us. We didn't hire them to play doctor and to pass laws that withhold medical care. And yet, some are laser focused on banning a woman's access to abortion care under any circumstances. We need to tell them to #StopTheBans.

Here's the thing: Most of us agree that we need to support and protect a woman's health and well-being. Most of us understand that many things can happen in pregnancy and that a woman should have the full range of safe and legal options available to her. And most us would say that, even if we don't agree on abortion, it is not the place of politicians to make a woman's personal, private decisions for her.

But, with the stroke of his pen, the Governor of North Dakota told us he doesn't get it. And, sadly, there are politicians in other states that don't get it either. Just a few weeks ago, Arkansas passed what was, until today, the most restrictive ban on abortion. Legislators in Kansas are pushing a bill to ban most abortions, similar to the bill North Dakota just enacted. Texas and Alabama lawmakers are pushing bills that are designed to force women's health centers to shut their doors.

Call, email and tweet your friends and ask them to tell politicians to #stopthebans. Let's all make sure the whole country hears our message.

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People who are not familiar with the eastern North Dakota region would not necessarily know it, but two of North Dakota's larger communities are located on the North Dakota/Minnesota border, with only the Red River serving as the state line: Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN, and Grand Forks, ND/East Grand Forks, MN.

I know as a longtime ACLU member that it is extremely important to challenge the ND antiabortion legislation legally. However, in terms of a short-term solution, I recommend that the Red River Women's Clinic considering moving from Fargo, ND to Moorhead, MN so that women in the region retain access to abortion services.

To those of us who advocate for civil liberties, the abortion issue may appear to be about privacy, women's rights, and freedom of/from religion. However, for 10 years I have suspected that the REAL goal of the antiabortion movement is to ensure a permanent underclass: why else would so many (not all) of its followers worship the rights of the embryo and fetus, yet not care about children already born?

Anonymous

Abortion is evil and NO ONE has a right to it. It must be banned throughout the whole world. Those having abortions are guilty of murder. The ACLU needs to mind its own business and stop trying to get people to support evil. For example the ACLU is trying to get involved with Boston College trying to prevent distribution of condoms. This is a great thing on the University's part. Contraception is immoral and institutions have a duty to ban evil. I hope the University ignores whatever the ACLU does when they stick their noses yet again where it doesn't belong. The ACLU needs to stand up for people's right to do the right thing, ot the wrong thing which seems to be the only things they stand up for are the evil ones.

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