Utah bans abortion clinics while North Dakota blocks total ban
Utah plans to apply a full ban on abortion clinics after Jan 1, 2024.
On Wednesday, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed an abortion bill banning clinics from providing abortions starting next year.
The bill will take effect on May 3, at which time “the state may not issue a license for an abortion clinic.” A complete ban will be applied after Jan. 1, 2024.
In addition to prohibiting licensing of abortion clinics, the law also modifies definitions and provisions that govern what constitutes a medical emergency in relation to abortion.
Meanwhile, the North Dakota Supreme Court struck down a state abortion ban while a lawsuit over its constitutionality proceeds, stating that “the Court did this [abortion ban] without explicit support from the state Constitution and without support from legislative enactments in our history of abortion regulation.”
“Today’s North Dakota Supreme Court decision does not bar the people of North Dakota from regulating abortion through the enactments by their elected representatives in our state legislature,” said Attorney General Drew Wrigley.
- Wrigley v. Romanick, et al.
- STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL DREW WRIGLEY, REGARDING WRIGLEY V. ROMANICK | Attorney General
- Abortion Remains Legal in North Dakota as Court Blocks Total Ban | Center for Reproductive Rights
Media Coverage (4)
- Associated Press
- Utah bans abortion clinics in wave of post-Roe restrictions
- Fox News
- ND Supreme Court upholds injunction on state’s plan to outlaw most abortions
- Utah governor signs abortion clinic ban in latest post-Roe move to defend ‘innocent’ and ‘unborn’
- United Press International
- Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signs bill to ban abortion clinics