Judge Blocks North Dakota’s Trigger Abortion Ban

District Judge Bruce Romanick of Burleigh County agreed with the state's lone abortion clinic, the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, that Attorney General Drew Wrigley "prematurely attempted to execute" the trigger language.  

The clinic maintained that the 30-day deadline should not have begun until the certified judgment was issued by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. 

"The Court, therefore, finds a temporary restraining order appropriate at this time," Romanick wrote. 

On Thursday, the ban was supposed to go into effect.  

Wrigley announced shortly after the ruling that he would be dropping off a second certification of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade at the North Dakota Legislative Council's office.  

Notably, he remained silent when asked for his thoughts on the judge's ruling. 

If legal action fails to overturn the North Dakota ban, clinic owner Tammi Kromenaker has threatened to relocate her business there.