On Sept. 1, S.B. 8, the most extreme abortion ban in our country’s history went into effect. This new law essentially eliminates access to safe, legal abortion in Texas and provides no exceptions for rape or incest. Yet, the majority of Americans – including folks in Texas and North Dakota – support safe, legal abortion and believe we should all have the freedom to make our own healthcare decisions without interference from politicians. This unprecedented law, in substance, invites Government and deputized citizens into exam rooms with women and their doctors, defies public will, violates women’s freedom of choice, and paves the way for other states, like North Dakota, to follow suit.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had this to say over 25 years ago, “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.”

I am deeply concerned for the future of women's physical, mental, and reproductive healthcare in our state and nation. Denying a woman the right to make her own personal decision to bear a child is a violation of her liberty, her freedom, and her due process. Act now to keep abortion and reproductive freedom safe and legal in our state and tell your ND Legislators that you will not stand for legislation that further fetters the women and girls of North Dakota.

Tara Johnson , Grand Forks

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