North Dakota Supreme Court extends deadline for judge’s ruling on abortion ban
The North Dakota Supreme Court has extended to Oct. 31 the deadline for a lower court judge to reconsider his decision to prevent the state’s abortion ban from taking effect, after the judge cited workload and health factors. The state Supreme Court ordered Judge Bruce Romanick earlier this week to consider the chances of an abortion clinic winning a lawsuit to determine if he had made the right decision to temporarily suspend enforcement of the ban. He was originally told to report back Monday.
Romanick said the deadline was onerous “given the many duties of any judicial officer throughout the state” and to compound matters, he was diagnosed Thursday with COVID-19 and forced to quarantine.
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“While remote work is possible it is not the best avenue for providing a comprehensive analysis as requested by the Supreme Court on such a complicated issue,” the judge said in a document obtained by The Associated Press.
A North Dakota judge’s decision regarding the state’s abortion ban has been extended to Oct. 31.
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to give Romanick more time to decide the fate of the lawsuit filed by the state’s only abortion clinic, which argues that the state’s constitution grants the right to abortion.
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The Red River Women’s Clinic, with help from abortion advocacy groups, has pressed forward with the suit even though the facility already moved a few miles away to Moorhead, Minnesota.
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