North Dakota Right to Life Issues a Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

North Dakota Right to Life Issues a Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Bismarck, ND - Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to consider North Dakota’s ban on abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

In 2013 the North Dakota legislature, with bi-partisan support, passed HB 1456 that would prohibit abortions, except to save the life of the mother or another unborn child, after the point when an unborn child has a detectable heartbeat. That is generally around 6 weeks after conception. When he signed that bill into law, Governor Dalrymple said in part: “Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.”

It is disappointing that the United States Supreme Court has once again failed to recognize the human rights of unborn children. Having a heartbeat is a universal sign of life, and all human beings with heartbeats should have legal protection. This is especially disconcerting on the anniversary of the mistakes of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.  We must continue to work diligently for the day when the most basic of human rights, the right to life, is extended to all human being regardless of age, stage of development, or degree of dependency.

Human rights cannot exist without extending the most basic right, the right to life, to all human beings.

North Dakota Right to Life is dedicated to protecting the lives of every human life from fertilization to natural death. For more information, please contact: or (701) 258-3811 or