North Dakota Governor Signs 3 Anti-Abortion Bills Into Law

On Monday, I reported that both houses of the North Dakota legislature had passed a personhood amendment that would recognize that human life begins at conception and that life is protected under the 14th Amendment.  The new amendment will have to be passed by the general population of the state on the next election which won’t be until 2014.

I just learned that on Tuesday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed three new anti-abortion bills into law.

HB1305 places a ban on abortions that are performed solely because the baby has a genetic disorder or because they are not the desired sex wanted by the parents.  Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, praised the signing of the bill saying:

“A civil society does not discriminate against people – born and unborn – for their sex or for disability.  We should be celebrating diversity, not destroying it.”

“Women in particular have been targeted for death in the womb, and we’ve also seen dramatic abortion rates for children with disabilities which put them at risk for extinction. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Rep. Bette Grande and the legislators in North Dakota have shown courageous humanity in passing this legislation.”

HB 1456 places a ban on all abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.  In signing this bill into law, Dalrymple stated:

“I have signed HB 1456 which would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.   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.”

“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 in HB 1456, the constitutionality of this measure is an open question.”

SB 2305 places strict guidelines on anyone performing an abortion requiring them to have hospital privileges.  In signing this bill, Dalrymple commented:

“I have signed SB 2305 which requires admitting and staff privileges at a nearby hospital for any physician who performs abortions in North Dakota. The added requirement that the hospital privileges must include allowing abortions to take place in their facility greatly increases the chances that this measure will face a court challenge. Nevertheless, it is a legitimate and new question for the courts regarding a precise restriction on doctors who perform abortions.”

Knowing that the last two bills will most likely face court challenges by the liberals, Dalrymple instructed the state legislature to appropriate funds to be used for the legal defense of them, before they adjourn.

In the previous article on Monday, I mentioned that the state legislature was considering a bill that would criminalize anyone performing an abortion.  There is no further report on the status of that bill, but in the meantime, the new anti-abortion laws will save countless lives from being brutally and inhumanely ripped to pieces while inside their mother’s womb.

If you live in North Dakota or know anyone who does, I urge you and them to contact their state congressmen/women and thank them for their actions in saving innocent lives.  Also contact Gov. Dalrymple’s office and let him know that you support his signing of these three important pieces of life saving legislation.