Human Rights: North Dakota Legislature Passes Abortion Ban

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North Dakota Republican Sen. Margaret is the primary sponsor of a bill that the North Dakota Legislature passed Friday that would ban abortion by defining human life as beginning at conception, at the state Capitol in Bismarck, Mar. 22, 2013.

The North Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would essentially ban abortions by defining life as starting at conception.

The North Dakota House approved the bill Friday on a 57-35 vote. The state Senate approved the bill last month, but the Republican governor, John Dalrymple, still must sign the measure before it can become law. It is not clear whether he will sign the measure.

The bill is the latest in a series that North Dakota lawmakers have passed this year to take away abortion rights.

Abortion rights advocates deplore the so-called “personhood” measure as unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion until a fetus is “viable”- usually determined to be after 22-24 weeks of development.

A bill that bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is already awaiting the governor’s signature.

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One comment on “Human Rights: North Dakota Legislature Passes Abortion Ban
  1. curtisneeley says:

    North Dakota passed a law that redefined the term “life” to mean from conception to the grave instead of “from cradle to grave”. This will not remain a law for long because it violates the fundamental individual right to control the body. An egg cell “infected” by a sperm now becomes a separate “life” instead of an embryo, tumor, or fetus.

    When “infected” egg cells first attach as parasites to the woman’s body, the fundamental individual human right to control the body remains in fundamental control. No civil law can punish or violate this natural right.

    The fundamental rights of society to define human life clearly does not begin at conception or when none but the female is aware she has a uterine parasite. Rights of society to protect “life” could be pinned to the detectable heartbeat like in AR but then only without exceptions for rape or incest. Conception or shortly after is when the fundamental individual right to control the body trumps the right or perceived duty of society to proscribe murder.

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