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ND Ban on Eugenic Abortion Will Remain



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North Dakota has banned abortion for sex selection and based on gene discrimination, among other provisions. Now, a lawsuit against that portion of the law has been dropped. From the ABC News story:

A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit challenging a new North Dakota law that blocks abortions based on unwanted gender or a genetic defect, such as Down syndrome. The state’s sole abortion clinic in Fargo, backed by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, filed the lawsuit in June. That suit also challenges another new measure that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected; it was temporarily blocked in July…

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland granted the Red River Women’s Clinic request to drop the gender and genetic defects part of the lawsuit on Monday. The clinic has said the ban doesn’t affect it because it doesn’t perform abortions for that reason. Hovland dismissed that portion of the lawsuit without prejudice, meaning the clinic can revive a legal challenge later.

I hope this sticks. Tolerance. Diversity. 

Our brothers and sisters with Down syndrome, dwarfism, and other genetic conditions belong with us, not as medical waste. 



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