Does North Dakota hate women?

Tuesday the North Dakota Supreme Court upheld a state law that limits the use of drugs to perform abortions. Yes that’s right, North Dakota, the state that has one count them ONE abortion clinic for a state that’s 70,762 square miles / 183,272 square kilometers in area.

The state’s high court, in a 103-page ruling, reversed a ruling by a district judge last year that found the 2011 law violates the state constitution.

“Beginning tomorrow morning, there will not be any medication abortions in North Dakota,” said David Brown, an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is helping North Dakota’s sole abortion clinic in Fargo with its legal challenges.

No pill-based abortions for you, North Dakota sluts! If you want a god damn abortion, you whores, you’re going to have to suffer for it. The knife or nothing, you bitches!

Medication abortions at the Red River Women’s Clinic involve the use of a combination of two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the marketing of mifepristone — commonly known as RU-486— as a drug for ending pregnancies. It is used in combination with misoprostol, a treatment for stomach ulcers that is not labeled as an abortion-inducing drug.

The North Dakota law maintains that the use of any drug to cause an abortion must meet “the protocol tested and authorized” by the FDA and outlined on the drug’s label, meaning misoprostol can’t be used.

Red River Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker has told The Associated Press that about 20 percent of the 1,300 abortions it performs annually are done with drugs and not surgically.

Attorneys for the clinic have said that abortion drugs used by the clinic are widely accepted by the medical community.

Never mind that. Sluts must pay.




  1. Hj Hornbeck says

    Fucking dishonest anti-choicers. Methotrexate started out as an anti-cancer drug before doctors discovered it was an abortifacient. Heck, several online drug references don’t even mention the “a” word, for instance:

    Methotrexate is used to treat severe psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body) that cannot be controlled by other treatments. Methotrexate is also used along with rest, physical therapy, and sometimes other medications to treat severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA; a condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function) that cannot be controlled by certain other medications. Methotrexate is also used to treat certain types of cancer including cancers that begin in the tissues that form around a fertilized egg in the uterus, breast cancer, lung cancer, certain cancers of the head and neck, certain types of lymphoma, and leukemia (cancer that begins in the white blood cells). Methotrexate is in a class of medications called antimetabolites. Methotrexate treats cancer by slowing the growth of cancer cells. Methotrexate treats psoriasis by slowing the growth of skin cells to stop scales from forming. Methotrexate may treat rheumatoid arthritis by decreasing the activity of the immune system. ….

    Methotrexate is also sometimes used to treat Crohn’s disease (condition in which the immune system attacks the lining of the digestive tract, causing pain, diarrhea, weight loss and fever), multiple sclerosis (MS; condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves, causing weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination, and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), and other autoimmune diseases (conditions that develop when the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body by mistake). Ask your doctor about the risks of using this medication for your condition.

    It can only be this way, too; could you imagine the hue and cry that would rise up if a pharmaceutical company said they were working on an abortifacient? This is a blatant attempt at closing off one more avenue for safe and effective abortion, wrapped in lies to fool the public.

  2. culuriel says

    I hate to say it (well, I like saying it a little), but maybe it’s time to find some post-FDA recognized method of treating ED and get that outlawed in ND on the same technicality. I mean, if people don’t pay attention to legislators dreaming up medical practice decisions, maybe they should have to reap the rewards.

  3. says

    I find it so creepy how obsessive these conservative, religiousy people are with the unborn. If ONLY they put half that energy into improving the lives of those already born.

  4. says

    North Dakota already has an unconscionable “24 hour waiting period” which forces women to make two visits to a health clinic. (It’s South Dakota that imposes a 72 hour wait.) For women who are poor and have to travel to Fargo, the waiting period and the cost of a hotel are a hardship.

    The two drug medical prescription means women don’t have to suffer the wait. The use of medicine makes women’s search for treatment easier, which is clearly why it must be outlawed.

    How ironic the name. Fargo, which is far to go to for women in such a large state.

  5. nathanaelnerode says

    Horribly, Minnesota has the 24-hour waiting period too, and the state-mandated lying to the patient; and South Dakota is much much worse. Wisconsin is bad too, and Michigan is a nightmare like South Dakota.

    Apparently the best hope for North Dakotan women is to go to *Montana* — as long as you’re over 16. Iowa and Illinois are OK if you’re over 18. If you’re under 18, though, your closest option appears to be Washington State. Yeech. I think of these “parental notification” laws as child-rapist-protection laws.

  6. MarkA121 says

    This is a non-issue. All the article says is that, of the two-drug protocol for medical abortion, only one of the drugs (mifepristone) is actually FDA approved for that use. The law bans giving the other drug (misoprostol) for inducing abortion. OK, so give the mifepristone for the abortion, and give misoprostol for its FDA approved use of preventing stomach ulcers. Problem solved. Attorney Brown’s statement that, “Beginning tomorrow morning, there will not be any medication abortions in North Dakota,” conflicts with what the article says the law says. There is no indication that the use of mifepristone is being outlawed.

  7. freemage says

    MarkA121: Then why was the law passed?

    Sure, the doctor can prescribe the second medication for an ulcer. However, if he can’t substantiate that diagnosis before the medical board, then he’ll risk sanctions, possibly even his license. Whoops! Sure, some will be able to finagle the records, but many won’t be willing to do so under scrutiny–which is what this is meant to do. Make fewer doctors available, thereby increasing the number of women who have to suffer unconscionable delays.

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