FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday to block a North Dakota law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges, after opponents of the bill argued it would shut down the clinic.
East Central District Judge Wickham Corwin presided over a 30-minute hearing about the bill, one of four anti-abortion laws passed this past session by the Republican dominated Legislature and signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple.
Afterward, Corwin signed a preliminary injunction stopping the law from taking effect Thursday, when several new bills officially become part of state code.
“Certainly none of this comes as a surprise,” Corwin said from the bench. “I haven’t heard anything in the last 15 minutes or so that changes my understanding or the facts or my thinking regarding the appropriate outcome.”
Tami Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s sole abortion provider, showed up…
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