North Dakota Legislature strikes hard at abortion

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April 15, 2013

By Matthew Schmidgall

North Dakota

BISMARCK, North Dakota: The 2013 legislative session has seen a number of bills pass through the North Dakota State Legislature, several of which have been aimed at regulating or forbidding abortion in the state of North Dakota, three of which have already been signed into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple. The North Dakota State Legislature has passed laws which would greatly regulate or forbid the majority of abortions in the state. These laws range from a broad personhood amendment which would define a person as any human being, no matter what stage of development, to more specific ones banning abortions when the parent does not like the gender or if a fetal heartbeat has been detected.[1]

Governor Dalrymple has responded the assertion that these laws will be challenged in court, saying,“Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.”[2]

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