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January 25, 2016
Contact: Jen Aulwes, 651-755-9557, [email protected]      

Fargo, ND — Today the Supreme Court announced that they will not allow North Dakota to enforce a law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).

 “Today the Supreme Court rejected the strictest abortion law in the country. The 2013 law would have banned abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which is usually as early as six weeks gestation, often times before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.  In practice it would have banned most abortions in the state of North Dakota. Congratulations to the Center for Reproductive Rights and our colleagues at the Red River Women’s Clinic for this important victory for North Dakota women.”


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For more than 85 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children.  Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 65,000  women and men each year.

Visit us on the web at www.ppmns.org