Attorneys representing Heartbeat International filed their answer Tuesday following a federal district court’s decision to allow the international affiliation of pregnancy help centers to intervene in defense of a North Dakota informed-consent statute that the American Medical Association (AMA) challenged in June.
The AMA sued in opposition to the state’s efforts to fully inform women considering abortion that it terminates the life of a “separate, unique, living human being,” and that the chemical abortion process may be reversible if treated promptly.
Attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of Heartbeat International, a global network of more than 2,700 pregnancy help organizations, two of which are affiliated pregnancy centers in North Dakota. The court had granted the motion November 26.
Heartbeat operates the international Abortion Pill Rescue Network, which consists of more than 600 health care professionals across North America who are willing and able to administer an FDA-approved drug that has successfully stopped abortions after a mother requests intervention. In addition to the 600-plus health care practitioners, some 300 pregnancy help organizations in the APRN network also assist women who choose to try and save their baby by initiating the Abortion Pill Reversal process.
Heartbeat’s work would be affected by the lawsuit’s outcome, and its research is already at issue in the litigation.
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