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Pro-life activist Ken Koehler, of West Fargo, stands on the street outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic.
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Pro-life activist Ken Koehler, of West Fargo, stands on the street outside the Red River Valley Women's Clinic.

Vital Signs: North Dakota abortion ban survives court challenge

Abortion

Ground-breaking abortion ban. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last week dismissed part of a lawsuit challenging a new North Dakota law that blocks abortions based on gender or genetic defects such as Down syndrome. The judge’s ruling makes North Dakota the first state to ban aborting children with genetic defects.

Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s sole abortion provider, filed suit in June against the law, which also included abortion restrictions when a heartbeat is detected. The Red River center requested that the court drop the gender and genetic defects part of the lawsuit saying it didn’t perform abortions for that reason anyway. Hovland dismissed that portion of the lawsuit without prejudice, which means the clinic can revive a legal challenge later. The heartbeat ban was temporarily blocked in July.

Russian statistics. Close to 2 percent of Russia’s population is being aborted every year, according to foreign policy expert Ilan Berman. With abortionists performing almost 1.2 million abortions in Russia each year, “that equals out to 300 babies every hour,” Berman told the Daily Caller. “According to unofficial projections, however, the true abortion rate could be as much as double that figure.” 

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In his book Implosion: The End of Russia and What it Means for America, Berman said the abortion rate, combined with Russia’s HIV/AIDS, alcoholism, and drug addiction problems, factors into the country’s shrinking population.

Closed doors. Pro-life organization And Then There Were None, which offers a safe haven for those wanting to leave the abortion industry, told the Baptist Press that 44 abortion centers in the U.S. have closed this year. Of those, 42 provided both surgical and chemical abortions. Last year, only 25 surgical clinics shut down. The closure of an abortion facility in Bryan, Texas, in July was especially memorable for ATTWN founder Abby Johnson, who formerly worked at the facility.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Alissa Robertson
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