U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Ruling Striking Down Fetal Heartbeat Bill

Ultrasound IIWASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a ruling that struck down a North Dakota law that banned abortions when a heartbeat is detected, allowing the lower court decision to stand.

As previously reported, lawmakers in the state passed HB 1456 in March 2013, which was later signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple. It would require any abortionist in the state to check for a fetal heartbeat, which some note can be detected by medical equipment as early as 12 weeks. However, fetal development experts state that an infant’s heart begins beating just 20-25 days after conception.

If the abortionist performed the abortion despite the existence of a heartbeat, he or she would face felony charges, and could spend up to five years in prison and/or pay up to $5,000 in fines.

The New York Center for Reproductive Rights soon filed suit on behalf of the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, which is the last remaining abortion facility in the state.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, nominated to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, issued a permanent injunction against the legislation the following year, officially declaring the law to be “invalid and unconstitutional.”

“The United States Supreme Court has spoken and has unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability,” he wrote. “The controversy over a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion will never end.”

The state again appealed, but the ruling was upheld unanimously by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, although the judges stated that there are “good reasons exist for the [U.S. Supreme Court] to reevaluate its jurisprudence” and revisit the issue of viability and the scientific advances surrounding the unborn. It noted that Roe v. Wade “discounts the legislative branch’s recognized interest in protecting unborn children.”

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North Dakota officials then appealed to the Supreme Court, but on Monday, the court declined to hear the case without comment.

“We’re extremely pleased that the Supreme Court has said that North Dakota women have the same rights as women all across this country, and North Dakota women should not be used as pawns in extremist politicians’ games,” Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River abortion facility, told InfoForum.

However, former state representative Bette Grande of Fargo, who first introduced the legislation, told reporters that the battle was “absolutely worth it.”

“We’ve had such advances in technology and medicine, there comes a time we have to truly look at what is in the womb,” she said.

“We don’t stop beating hearts in our society,” Grande also stated in 2014. “We do everything to save the beating heart. The life is that beating heart. It doesn’t matter if we have one clinic in North Dakota or 50 clinics in North Dakota.”

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  • Josey

    “The United States Supreme Court has spoken and has unequivocally said no state may deprive a woman of the choice to terminate her pregnancy at a point prior to viability,” he wrote. “The controversy over a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion will never end.”

    I think God the Creator of life will have the last say on the killing of the innocent and it will end for He is coming on clouds with His Saints and angels with Him and with eyes that are flames of fire to pour out judgement against the ungodly!

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen, Josey!

      Those who serve the devil of death, darkness, and lies in this age, like so many judges, will surely be granted the right to continue to serve him throughout Eternity by the God of Life, Light, and Truth.

  • robertzaccour

    Our natural rights don’t come from any court in any land. They come from God. The Constitution was established on God given rights because people are naturally corrupted. Sad days we live in when the lives of so many innocent children are just ended like that. Where’s their rights? We all need to support pro-life organizations such as Live Action as well as our local crisis pregnancy centers.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Amen, Robert! And let’s encourage our pastors and priests to speak up for the little ones. The silence from the pulpit is deafening. Pastors and priests who remain silent on the Abortion Holocaust will be judged most fearfully.

      • gizmo23

        Maybe it would help if we cared more about the needs of others in general

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Yes, I wish you DID care more about the needs of others in general, Gizmo. In particular, I wish that you cared so much about the needs of preborn babies that you put on your man pants and spoke out against the barbaric destruction of 3000 human beings each day in America alone.

          Wouldn’t that be GREAT if you cared THAT much about them, instead of arguing AGAINST pro-lifers?!?

  • afchief

    There is NO federal abortion law. NONE!!! I defy anyone to show me a federal abortion law. Again, court opinions are not law. Courts cannot make laws or strike down laws, they can only interpret them. Only the Congress or the people can make or remove laws. Allow me to say it again. Courts cannot make laws. When will America wake up? The rendering of a court “decision” carries no lawful weight. As Andrew Jackson said regarding a John Marshall Court decision, “Marshall made his decision, now let him enforce it.” It is time to stand up against the secular mullahs masquerading as “judges”. Their opinions are not laws and it is time we started acting like it.


    • Jarle Tveitan

      Dunning-Kruger effect in action

      • afchief

        Full blown ignorance in action!!!

        • gizmo23

          He is spot on

          • afchief

            More proof that lying is the defining characteristic of liberals and homosexuals!!!

            You cannot prove me wrong so you lie!!!!