North Dakota Life Begins at Conception Amendment, Measure 1 (2014)
|Constitution:||Article I, Section 1|
|Referred by:||North Dakota Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
The North Dakota Life Begins at Conception Amendment, Measure 1 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would amend the state constitution to provide for the “inalienable right to life” for humans beginning at conception.
North Dakota would be the first state to define life as beginning at conception if Measure 1 is approved by voters.
Text of the measure
|The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.|
Three measures to define life as beginning at conception have been on the ballot in recent years. In 2011, Mississippi’s Initiative 26 was defeated by voters despite disproportionately funded campaigns with supporters raising $48,647 and opponents raising $5,407. Colorado’s Amendment 48 and Amendment 62 both were defeated by wide margins. Currently, no state defines the “inalienable right to life” for humans as beginning at conception.
- Concerned Women for America of North Dakota
- Sponsor Sen. Margaret Sitte (R-35) claimed, “This amendment is intended to present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. By passage of this amendment, the people of North Dakota are asking government to recognize what science already defined.”
- Sen. Connie Triplett (D-18) voted against the legislation, arguing, “So long as this proposed amendment does not make some consideration for the life already in existence, of the woman who is carrying the child, that we have no business putting this question before the people of North Dakota.”
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution
According to Section 16 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution, the legislature had to approve the bill by a simple majority in order to place the measure on the ballot. SCR 4009 was passed by the North Dakota Senate on February 7, 2013. SCR 4009 was passed by the North Dakota House on March 22, 2013.
February 7, 2013 Senate vote
|North Dakota SCR 4009 Senate Vote|
March 22, 2013 House vote
|North Dakota SCR 4009 House Vote|
- North Dakota Legislature, "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 4009", accessed January 21, 2014
- Reuters, "North Dakota anti-abortion amendment for state ballot clears senate", February 7, 2013
- American Thinker, "North Dakota: at the Forefront of National Pro-life Legislation", January 21, 2014
- Arizona Daily Star, "ND to vote on referendum effectively banning abortions," March 22, 2013
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