District Court of North Dakota grants a preliminary injunction in a case involving abortion rights

BISMARCK, N.D. - The District Court of North Dakota has granted a preliminary injunction in a case involving abortion rights.

Center for Reproductive Rights' brought the suit arguing a recent law forcing doctors to tell patients about abortion-reversing technologies. The group said this technology doesn't exist and forces doctors to misinform their patients.

In the decision, United States District Court Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovland wrote: "State legislatures should not be mandating unproven medical treatments, or requiring physicians to provide patients with misleading and inaccurate information."

In a statement, Senior Counsel for the Center for Reproductive Rights Marc Hearron said, "Across the country, doctors are being used as political pawns in the attack on abortion. We all have the right to free speech and to speak the truth. That doesn't change because you're a doctor who provides abortion care. Today, the court stepped in to protect the First Amendment rights of these physicians."

The law spurring the lawsuit, H.B. 1336, passed the North Dakota State Legislature, 73-16 in the House and 34-11 in the Senate.