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N. Dakota lawmakers define life as starting at conception

Published: Fri, March 22, 2013 @ 2:54 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers oday moved to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a bill defining life as starting at conception.

The bill is one of a series of anti-abortion measures the Republican-controlled Legislature has passed this year despite critics' insistence that they are unconstitutional and violate the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion until a fetus considered viable, which is usually at 22 to 24 weeks.

The North Dakota House approved the bill 57-35, sending it to the Republican governor, who has not yet said whether he will sign or veto it. The Senate approved it last month.

The so-called personhood measure bestows human rights on fertilized human eggs. Efforts to pass similar measures in other states have failed, but anti-abortion legislation has had strong momentum in North Dakota this year with lawmakers introducing a slew of measures aimed at closing the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo and challenging Roe v. Wade.


1remo(2 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I recently sent a letter to the Editor at the Vindicator proving this point. I hope it is printed to prove it or be true. Thank you. Rea Buttermore

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

So at any point after conception, the fetus dies, can you collect life insurance?

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3LtMacGowan(693 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Even if the governor signs it this bill be struck down (rightfully so) by the Judiciary.

It seems that conservatives are so concerned about fetuses before they are born but after they are born, to hell with them and their mothers, lets cut welfare, foodstamps, WIC, Daycare, etc etc.

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