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The Red River Women's Clinic is pictured in downtown Fargo, North Dakota in this file photo taken July 2, 2013. The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a state law that restricts medication abortion, saying it was constitutional. The Red River clinic, North Dakota's only abortion provider, has said they have stopped providing medication abortions effective immediately, according to news reports. REUTERS/Dan Koeck/Files

North Dakota won't enforce new abortion law until judge issues ruling

BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota has agreed to not enforce a new abortion law until a federal judge rules on a request from challengers.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland agreed Friday, July 12, to prevent the state from requiring that physicians inform patients it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion until he rules on a preliminary injunction requested by the challengers. The law is set to go into effect Aug. 1.

The two sides filed a joint stipulation last week stating a delay in enforcement would "give the Court more time to address the merits" of the plaintiffs' request.

The American Medical Association and North Dakota's sole abortion clinic filed a lawsuit late last month arguing the new law, as well as another one already on the books, will force doctors to misinform their patients and violate medical ethics. Supporters of the new law said it will give women the full information needed about the procedure.

The state has until the end of the week to respond to the challengers' request for a preliminary injunction, which would prevent the law's enforcement while the case moves forward.

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