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Supreme Court of the United States

American Medical Association v. Stenehjem

Court: Trial Court

Status: Active

Last Updated: 1/11/2022

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Summary

In 2019, the state of North Dakota passed an informed-consent requirement to ensure that women considering abortion are fully informed that the chemical-abortion process may be reversible if treated quickly after the first pill in the regimen, mifepristone or RU486, is taken (Abortion Pill Reversal Disclosure). North Dakota’s existing informed-consent law also includes a disclosure informing women that abortion terminates the life of “a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The American Medical Association and abortion providers filed a lawsuit claiming the laws are unconstitutional.

A federal district court granted Alliance Defending Freedom’s motion to allow Heartbeat International to intervene in the case on behalf of its network of pregnancy centers and Abortion Pill Reversal program, which statistics suggest has saved nearly 3000 babies whose moms chose to pursue APR after beginning the chemical-abortion process. ADF is representing Heartbeat International as an intervenor-defendant.

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Kevin Theriot

Senior Counsel

Kevin Theriot serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Center for Life with Alliance Defending Freedom

Denise Harle

Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Life

Denise Harle serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Life.

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