Confusing Exceptions in Restrictive Abortion Laws Raise Concerns for Doctors Nationwide

Bismarck, North Dakota – A recent decision by a judge in North Dakota to reject a request blocking part of the state’s strict abortion law has highlighted an ongoing issue facing doctors nationwide. The vague language and exceptions in these laws often leave medical providers uncertain about when they can perform an abortion in a medical emergency. Consequently, advocates are increasingly filing lawsuits to clarify and expand the circumstances under which doctors can provide abortions during emergencies in states with strict abortion bans. Prof. Mary Ziegler from the University of California, Davis, noted that physicians … Read more