Trygve Olson cartoon: Spirit of '22
InForum cartoonist Trygve Olson designs the packaging for this year's Independence Day fireworks.
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PLAM Action, an anti-abortion coalition, held an event across the street from the Red River Women's Clinic at its new Moorhead location.
Earlier this month, Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese filed a petition with District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan Jr. asking to intervene in the case. Gilligan in July handed a victory to abortion providers who had filed a lawsuit in 2019 challenging state regulations, including a 24-hour wait period for the procedure.
At Friday's hearing, attorneys representing the Red River Women's Clinic told Judge Bruce Romanick that North Dakota's trigger law violates the state's constitution and if allowed to stand would bring an end to 50 years of abortion access.
"I think most of us can agree that our society does not deem personal autonomy to be absolute," writes Andrew Alexis Varvel from Bismarck. "The question should be how abortion should be regulated in North Dakota in a manner that would best maintain our social fabric."
"What happened in Texas and Louisiana will happen to women in North Dakota after the state’s abortion ban goes into effect later this month," writes columnist Jim Shaw. "The fact that abortion is still legal in neighboring Minnesota will be of little help."
The clinic that provides abortion services is vacating its downtown Fargo location in anticipation of North Dakota's abortion "trigger" law taking effect Aug. 26 following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that nullified Roe v. Wade.
The series of programs, running from August through December, is put on by the North Dakota Voices Network.
The Red River Women's Clinic is preparing to relocate to Moorhead in light of North Dakota's near complete abortion ban set to take effect August 26.
With controversy surrounding the Fargo School Board's decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, InForum cartoonist Steve Stark revisits the pledge's message.