BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a state law that bans the use of one of two drugs used to perform abortions, effectively making the procedure illegal.
The court on Tuesday overturned a judge and upheld a 2011 state law limiting the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies. The five justices were split over the question of whether the law was unconstitutional, under both the federal and state constitutions.
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit challenging the law. It had argued that such a ruling would effectively outlaw the procedure and illegally restrict abortion rights.