N.D. Governor Signs Nation’s Strictest Abortion Laws

North Dakota SC N.D. governor signs nations strictest abortion laws

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed bills Tuesday making the state’s abortion laws the nation’s most restrictive and setting the stage for what he called a U.S. Supreme Court challenge of “the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.”

The bills bar abortions if a fetal heartbeat is heard, which can be six weeks into a pregnancy; ban abortions prompted by genetic defects; and require abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. They become law Aug. 1 unless a court blocks them.

North Dakota residents will vote in 2014 on a ballot measure that defines life as starting at conception.

Paul Maloney of North Dakota Right to Life calls Tuesday “a landmark day.” Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota and the Dakotas says Dalrymple, “with one swipe of his pen … severely compromised” women’s health.

Dalrymple, a Republican, said the likelihood of the fetal heartbeat bill surviving a court challenge “remains in question” and asked the Legislature to create a legal fund.

Read More at usatoday.com . By Judy Keen.

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  1. Tricia Anthone says:

    Governor Dalrymple is a courageous man. The regulations he proposes for abortion are no more restrictive than are those governing other invasive medical procedures. It would seem that the zealots on the pro-death side of this argument had us yielding to demands that make abortion the least regulated surgical procedure in medicine. Allowing that a woman should choose to continue a pregnancy does not automatically mean that she can abdicate responsibility until she's into the 9th month, go to a clinic where the child will be hacked and maimed and then murdered if it somehow survives this horror. Can we not expect that if she isn't willing to carry a pregnancy that she at least terminate promptly? Is that too much to ask? Or must we forever pretend that there are NO MORAL IMPLICATIONS involved at all, as if she's having a mole removed.

  2. RacerJim says:

    Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota and the Dakotas says Dalrymple, “with one swipe of his pen … severely compromised” women’s health.”

    … severely compromised Planned Parenthood’s existance and, therefore, my income.

    There, fixed it.

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