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North Dakota governor signs 6-week abortion ban

Published: Tue, March 26, 2013 @ 1:15 p.m.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation today that that would make North Dakota the nation's most-restrictive state on abortion rights, banning the procedure if a fetal heartbeat can be detected — something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The Republican governor also signed into law another measure that would make North Dakota the first to ban abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome, and a measure that requires a doctor who performs abortions to be a physician with hospital-admitting privileges.

The measures, which would take effect Aug. 1, are fueled in part by an attempt to close the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo. Dalrymple, in a statement, said the so-called fetal heartbeat bill is a direct challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until a fetus is considered viable, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.

"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," Dalrymple said. "Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction ... the constitutionality of this measure is an open question."

Abortion-rights advocates have promised a legal fight that they say will be long, costly and unwinnable for the state.


1LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I hope the appeals court acts swiftly to overturn this blatantly unconstitutional law.

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2LtMacGowan(713 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Also it makes me wish I lived near there so I could shuttle women across the state line to a state with a more rational attitude about women being in control of their own bodies.

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3harleydog(243 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

all the baby killers want to do is make it more accessable for them to murder children. If they didnt want to have the baby then they should not have had sex. That is how you avoid getting pregnant.

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4Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

. all of the extreme pro lifers. If there is a genetic defect where the baby would never even eat or breath on its own and would only know pain until it dies that is the right thing to do? I believe people with those views should bear ALL medical costs involved with caring for the infant. they should also sit there in 12 hour shifts and listen to the baby scream in pain and watch it slowly die

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5Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Don't get me wrong I am 100% against abortion as a method of birth control.

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6jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

There is such thing as adoption. That's what we did.
Finally, the innocent unborn have a savior.

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7DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

God Bless this Governor for showing courage in the face of intrinsic evil! Hopefully other elected officials and judges will see the light and do what is right.

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