Top state officials release statements on overturning of Roe vs Wade

Governor Doug Burgum
Governor Doug Burgum(KFYR-TV)
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:48 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade on June 24th.

Regarding the decision, North Dakota Governor Burgum stated:

“Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision returns power to the states where it belongs. Our administration has consistently supported pro-life legislation and this decision is a victory for the many North Dakotans who have fought so hard and for so long to protect the unborn in our state. We will now work diligently with the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office to fulfill our constitutional duty by carrying out the 2007 legislation that is triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We must now turn to prioritizing women’s health, including expectant mothers and children in need.”

In 2007 Legislature passed a law that made performing an abortion in North Dakota a Class C felony, except to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest. If North Dakota’s Attorney General implements the law from 2007, it would go into effect on the 30th day from then.

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley says:

“The United States Supreme Court has determined that the federal constitution leaves with States the authority to craft and enact laws defining abortion practices. The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization shifts abortion regulation away from the courts and onto the shoulders of the people’s elected representatives in the 50 state legislatures. This office is evaluating the Dobbs opinion in every detail and will give careful consideration to its impact on North Dakota’s abortion laws. By statute, this office has thirty days within which to certify whether the Dobbs decision gives effect to current North Dakota abortion laws that conflicted with previous United States Supreme Court decisions.”

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement:

“This ruling from the Supreme Court is a win for life and states’ rights. It is one of the most consequential decisions in my lifetime. In the last 50 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, millions of helpless babies have been murdered. Countless lives will now be saved and the fundamental principle of federalism is restored. This ruling reaffirms the tradition of the State of North Dakota to protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick, and I am heartened the majority of the Supreme Court agrees.”

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tweeted a series of thoughts after the decision was announced, saying quote: “Let me be very clear; this ruling changes nothing in Minnesota today, tomorrow or as long as I’m governor. We will not turn back the clock on reproductive rights.”

Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, stated: ”It is a state matter now, that is a tragedy, it should be a federally guaranteed right everywhere, now it’s a matter of where you live which seems unjust. But Minnesota does have very solid right to an abortion.”

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