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NRLC Responds to Challenge of North Dakota Heartbeat Law

News release from National Right to Life:
National Right to Life

National Right to Life today responded to news that The Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota, is asking for a temporary injunction against the new life-affirming heartbeat law in North Dakota. The law, which was passed this spring, requires that a woman seeking an abortion be offered the opportunity to see an ultrasound of her unborn child and hear the fetal heartbeat, which can begin as early as eighteen days after fertilization.

“It’s unclear why a clinic, which claims to care about women, would be afraid to offer their patients all the vital and relevant information before performing a life-changing and intrusive medical procedure,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., State Legislation Director for the National Right to Life Committee. “Diagnostic ultrasounds and listening to the fetal heartbeat provides mothers accurate information about the development of their unborn child. Why is the abortion industry afraid of these tools?”

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