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MKB Management, Inc. v. Burdick

MKB Management, Inc. v. Burdick

Challenge to two North Dakota abortion ban laws, HB 1456 and HB 1305. HB 1456 bans abortion after the fetal heartbeat can be detected with a vaginal ultrasound, which can happen as early as six weeks of pregnancy, two weeks after a woman’s first missed period. The only exceptions are for preventing serious harm to the mother or saving the life of an unborn child. HB 1305 bans abortions for reasons of sex-selection and for “genetic abnormality.” Current Status: In June 2013, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. The District Court granted Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, and the law is currently enjoined from enforcement. (See HB1456 here. See HB1305 here. See the complaint here. See the court order here. Learn more about the case here.)