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CONTACT: Jen Aulwes
The following is a statement from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President and CEO Sarah Stoesz on today’s ruling by a federal judge which struck down a North Dakota abortion ban.
Today, a federal judge struck down a North Dakota law that would ban safe and legal abortion as early as 6 weeks — before a woman may even know she is pregnant. This ban was part of a sweeping package of bills from the 2013 legislative session aimed at making abortion inaccessible in the state.
We congratulate the Red River Women's Clinic and the Center for Reproductive Rights on this legal victory for the women of North Dakota.
This should send a clear message to politicians in North Dakota. Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family and her faith in consultation with her doctor — not to politicians. These are deeply personal and often complex decisions for women and their families. Government has no place intruding on these decisions.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
CONTACT: Emily Shaftel, 612-760-5313
Today, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) Action Fund applauds Governor Mark Dayton’s selection of Tina Smith as his Lieutenant Governor candidate. The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the PPMNS Action Fund, on the announcement.
"For more than two decades, Tina Smith has been a respected leader on behalf of women's economic security and women's rights at the city, state, and national level. She's been a champion in the ongoing effort to break down barriers to economic stability for all women and their families. She is smart, bold, hard-working, and knows Minnesota. She'll be an outstanding Lieutenant Governor.
"In selecting Smith, Governor Dayton has once again demonstrated his strong commitment to women's issues, particularly women’s access to the health care they need to maintain healthy lives and healthy families. There is no Governor in the country who is as strong a champion for women as Mark Dayton.
"Smith has had a very successful career working in business, the non-profit sector, and government. It has truly been our good fortune that over the past three years she's brought her immense talent and energy to the position of Chief of Staff for the Governor, bringing people together to creatively assess problems, find solutions, and make government work better for Minnesotans. I look forward to her leadership as Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor."
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the political arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.
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Governor Dalrymple Signs Virtual Abortion Ban;
North Dakota Braces for Litigation as “Personhood” Heads to 2014 Ballot
Fargo, ND – Today, Governor Dalrymple signed a near total abortion ban into law, effectively making North Dakota one of the most hostile states in the country towards women’s health. Governor Dalrymple secured North Dakota’s place in history as the state with the most extreme ban on abortion by signing one bill that will ban safe and legal abortion as early as 6 weeks — before a woman may even know she is pregnant. There are no exceptions if a woman has been the victim of rape, if her health is threatened, or if she will lose the pregnancy due to fetal anomalies. This comes on the heels of last week’s actions by the North Dakota Legislature which launched the state into a bitter, 20-month battle over “personhood” leading up to the 2014 election. Planned Parenthood will work in partnership with a broad coalition of doctors, patients, teachers, lawyers and others to educate our fellow North Dakotans about the far-reaching consequences and impact of “personhood.”
The following is a statement by Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President and CEO, Sarah Stoesz.
“With his signature, today Governor Dalrymple severely compromised the health and well-being of all North Dakota women and their families.”
“This sweeping package of bills will not stand up to constitutional scrutiny. But as a result of North Dakota’s leaders’ disregard for women’s health, the state will endure months and years of drawn-out litigation costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. What a reckless and appalling waste of resources.”
“One thing became clear during the last few weeks: North Dakotans do not want to see politicians interfering with the personal medical decisions of women. Hundreds of grassroots activists spoke loudly and clearly as these bills moved through the legislature. Planned Parenthood was proud to play a role in amplifying the voices of North Dakotans who bravely stood in opposition to this abortion ban.”
“What’s left of the legislature’s all-out assault on women’s health is what will no doubt be a grueling, months-long battle over “personhood” leading up to the 2014 election. “Personhood” measures are so extreme even the most conservative states, like Mississippi, have rejected them. North Dakotans know that decisions about pregnancy and abortion are deeply personal and very complex. The grassroots uprising we saw in Bismarck and Fargo was just a taste of what’s to come as voters in the state learn about the dangers of this constitutional amendment. In 2014, North Dakotans will have the opportunity to stand up to these politicians and say ‘enough is enough.’”