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North Dakota

Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Funds CPCs directly

North Dakota supports crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) by authorizing an "Alternatives-to-Abortion Services program," administered by the state Department of Human Services.  This program is authorized to use federal funds made available from Title IV-A of the Social Security Act, Block Grants to States for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  The FY'15 funding level is not publicly available.  N.D. Cent. Code § 50-06-26 (Enacted, 2009); (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.).

Refers women to CPCs

North Dakota law refers women to crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). In connection with the state's biased-counseling and mandatory-delay law, when a woman tells a health-care provider she is considering abortion, the provider must give her a state-maintained list of facilities that will satisfy the law's mandate. CPCs are included on the list without disclaimer of their biased nature and are not distinguished from legitimate health centers.  N.D. Cent. Code § 14-02.1-02.1 (Enacted, 1991; Last Amended, 2011).  

In Fargo Women's Health Org. v. Schafter, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held that this information can be delivered by telephone. 18 F.3d 526 (8th Cir. 1994).


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