word of the day: invidious

Invidious- calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; offensively or unfairly discriminating.

*See: North Dakota.

A recent North Dakota law bans the use of medication abortions, which are safe, common, and FDA approved prescription drugs used to administer abortions within the first trimester.

In plain terms, North Dakota took away the only alternative to surgical abortions. In the first trimester. Which is illegal. And quite possibly violates the doctor’s right (and duty) to practice medicine according to the highest standards of medical practice.

Thankfully, a state judge issued a restraining order today on the law, stating it posed new and unnecessary restrictions. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed the lawsuit this past Monday.

“The Center’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of Red River Women’s Clinic, the only abortion facility in North Dakota, argues that the law takes away an option widely recognized as safe and effective by the World Health Organization, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and other medical experts and professional organizations—needlessly forcing women seeking an abortion to undergo surgery even when such a procedure may be medically inadvisable.

 

“… The law attempts to restrict medication abortion strictly to the regimen on FDA-approved labels, despite the fact that that regimen is outdated and inconsistent with medical advances with medication abortion made in the last decade.”

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