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North Dakota is 1st state to ban ALL abortions

3:42 pm - 03/22/2013

North Dakota Becomes First State To Ban All Abortions By Defining Life At Conception

By Tara Culp-Ressler on Mar 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

North Dakota lawmakers voted on Friday afternoon to pass a “personhood” abortion ban, which would endow fertilized eggs with all the rights of U.S. citizens and effectively outlaw abortion. The measure, which passed the Senate last month, passed the House by a 57-35 vote and will now head to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s desk. and now heads to a ballot vote, likely in the next November election.

The personhood ban will have far-reaching consequences even beyond abortion care, since it will charge doctors who damage embryos with criminal negligence. Doctors in the state say it will also prevent them from performing in vitro fertilization, and some medical professionals have vowed to leave the state if it is signed into law.

The measure is so extreme that some pro-life Republicans in the state have come out against it, planning to join a pro-choice rally in the state capital on Monday to oppose the far-right abortion restriction. “We have stepped over the line,” Republican state Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) said of the recent push to pass personhood. “North Dakota hasn’t even passed a primary seatbelt law, but we have the most invasive attack on women’s health anywhere.”

Personhood advocates have pushed their agenda in states throughout the country over the past several years, but their measures have so far been unable to advance. Anti-choice lawmakers in North Dakota, who have already pushed through a stringent six-week abortion ban, were actually considering two different types of personhood legislation — one to immediately amend the state’s constitution to redefine life as beginning at conception, and one to put a personhood amendment on the ballot. The House voted down the first and passed the second.

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story asserted that this legislation would head to the governor’s desk. It will actually head to the voters for consideration.


Waking up to Arizona doing some more bullshit and now this.  Tag recommendations welcome.

Edited to add in the change and the expanded last paragraph.  Still shitty either way, I hope North Dakotans vote this shit down.

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spyral_path 22nd-Mar-2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
How is this even legal if they haven't overturned roe v wade yet?
4o5pastmidnight 22nd-Mar-2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
The goal that these states are going for is to get it taken to the Supreme Court to see it challenge Roe v. Wade. And I'm sure that asshole Scalia would be more than happy to attempt to overturn it.
hermionemalfoy 22nd-Mar-2013 08:03 pm (UTC)

cher_arlequin 22nd-Mar-2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
Are they for real with this bullshit

furrygreen 22nd-Mar-2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
They are and they aren't. Since abortion *is* legal and considered constitutional, this will probably mean long court battles. They're probably hoping that if they go high enough and the higher courts approve, that it'll form a precedence. You need, I think, 75% of states to adopt such measures to make it federally legal.

A good example of this is Mississippi, of whom just recently made slavery unconstitutional in that state this year. Having it legal on the books didn't make slavery legal in the state, if that makes sense. States can pass laws all they want. It doesn't mean they won't be overturned or deemed unconstitutional. The actual passing of the law has nothing to do with that.
mastadge 22nd-Mar-2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
I propose a change to their banner.

mutive 22nd-Mar-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
I like it! So much more accurate!
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rex_dart 22nd-Mar-2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
So for every eight babies born in North Dakota, we can expect two women to go to prison for manslaughter, then?
alexvdl 22nd-Mar-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Right? We (royal we) have a hard enough time taking care of children that are being mistreated, abused, or neglected right now, and now we're going to start worrying the health and welfare of parasitic organisms inside of a woman's body instead.

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abiding 22nd-Mar-2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Arizona's a bit busy trying to pass a bill that would make it hard for trans* persons to use public restrooms if their ID doesn't match their gender. But, I'm sure an all-abortion-illegal bill is coming up after this stupid ass one.

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miriamele 22nd-Mar-2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Welp, if there was ever a chance that I'd consider moving to North Dakota, it is now gone. FUCK THAT. No way. This is mind blowing. I can't even....
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miriamele 22nd-Mar-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
mollybarton 22nd-Mar-2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Fuck you, North Dakota. FUCK YOU.
paksenarrion2 23rd-Mar-2013 07:18 am (UTC)
this gif is getting way too much use lately.

I echo your sentiment.

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brucelynn 22nd-Mar-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
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.... NO
pepsquad 22nd-Mar-2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
totally off topic but the lines on Will's and Carlton's hair is on POINT! sick ass fades
ayashi 22nd-Mar-2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
w t f
underlankers 22nd-Mar-2013 08:24 pm (UTC)

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maclyn 22nd-Mar-2013 08:25 pm (UTC)

they won't even make you wear a fucking seatbelt, which not only stops you going flying but from flying into and injuring anybody in front of you, but suddenly every uterus in the state is up for grabs? Ok then.
brucelynn 22nd-Mar-2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
leave with this logic
lonefire08 22nd-Mar-2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
The article updated at the site - it's not going to the Governor's desk, it's going to ballots in November. So, there's a chance it won't pass. I really hope it doesn't (or gets struck down before it even gets to the ballots).
nutmegdealer 22nd-Mar-2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
i hope so.
mycenaes 22nd-Mar-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Welp, this is pretty gross.
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