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North Dakota Abortion Refusal Clause

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice


North Dakota


N.D. Cent. Code § 23-16-14




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

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North Dakota law allows hospitals, physicians, nurses, hospital employees, and others to refuse to participate in the performance of an abortion, if such hospital or person objects to such abortion.

The law prohibits a person or institution from being discriminated against because the person or institution objects to participate.

The law defines abortion to mean:

“the act of using or prescribing any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to terminate the clinically diagnosable intrauterine pregnancy of a woman, including the elimination of one or more unborn children in a multifetal pregnancy, with knowledge that the termination by those means will with reasonable likelihood cause the death of the unborn child.”

The law, enacted in 1973, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals for patients seeking abortion services.