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Burgum signs 'abortion reversal' notification bill

The North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck. Photo illustration by Troy Becker

BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a bill Friday, March 22, requiring physicians to inform women that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion.

The bill was opposed by the head of the state's sole abortion clinic, who previously said there's no “credible, medically accepted evidence that a medication abortion can be ‘reversed.’” A Republican lawmaker who supported the proposal said it would merely give a woman "the full information she needs to make her own decision if she regrets her choice within a short period of time."

In a statement, Burgum echoed that sentiment and noted the bill easily sailed through the Republican-controlled Legislature.

"If it gives hope to even one person who has started the process and wants to try to reverse it, it is worth providing that information," he said.

Tammi Kromenaker, director of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, previously said 28 percent of the clinic's patients received a medical abortion in 2018. She said the bill "would undermine our ability to have honest conversations with our patients about their decisions.”

The bill becomes effective Aug. 1.

Lawmakers are also considering a separate bill banning an abortion method commonly used in the second trimester of a pregnancy.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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