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**BREAKING** North Dakota GOP governor signs bill banning most abortions as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy

BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation Tuesday 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 makes 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.

Dalrymple’s statement said the Legislature “should appropriate dollars for a litigation fund” before the session ends in early May.

Arkansas passed a 12-week ban earlier this month that prohibits most abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected using an abdominal ultrasound. That ban is scheduled to take effect 90 days after the Arkansas Legislature adjourns.

A fetal heartbeat can generally be detected earlier in a pregnancy using a vaginal ultrasound, but Arkansas lawmakers balked at requiring women seeking abortions to have the more invasive imaging technique.

North Dakota’s legislation doesn’t specify how a fetal heartbeat would be detected. Doctors performing an abortion after a heartbeat is detected could face a felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Women having an abortion would not face charges.

The legislation to ban abortions based on genetic defects also would ban abortion based on gender selection. The Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion laws throughout the country, says Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oklahoma also have laws outlawing abortion based on gender selection.

The Republican-led North Dakota Legislature has endorsed a spate of anti-abortion Legislation this year. North Dakota lawmakers moved last week to outlaw abortion in the state by passing a resolution defining life as starting at conception, essentially banning abortion in the state. The measure is likely to come before voters in November 2014.

Representatives also endorsed another anti-abortion bills last week that is awaiting Dalrymple’s signature. It would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that fetuses feel pain at that point.

Dalrymple said the measure requiring abortion doctors to have hospital-admitting privileges also likely will be challenged in court.

“Nevertheless, it is a legitimate and new question for the courts regarding a precise restriction on doctors who perform abortions,” he said.

by Anonymousreply 2503/26/2013

Welcome to the Republic of Gilead. For real.

by Anonymousreply 103/26/2013

People need to start challenging all of these restrictions using Roe v. Wade.

I KNOW that's what the fundies want, but they will lose.

by Anonymousreply 203/26/2013

Women, still second class citizens.

by Anonymousreply 303/26/2013

Rachel Maddow has been covering this. This is not unexpected. The Governor knows that it is in violation of Roe v Wade, and a legal challenge is all but certain. The Governor wants to take it to the Supreme Court. North Dakota has a billion dollar windfall from oil revenue and they can afford the legal challenge.

by Anonymousreply 403/26/2013

Queer for life is missing some basic information I'm afraid.

by Anonymousreply 603/26/2013

r5 it won't affect Rachel's life one bit. The only people it will affect are poor women who don't have the best access to health care. Abortion will always exist, especially for those who have the means. All you will do is encourage back alley abortions.

by Anonymousreply 703/26/2013

Isn't this an example of the nanny state that conservatives are always bitching about?

by Anonymousreply 803/26/2013

r9 it is not the right decision because the issue has been decided in Roe v Wade. This is in direct conflict with the law of the land. The legal challenge will cost ND taxpayers millions in the years to come.

The personhood amendment not only effects, but birth control, in vitro fertilization and how doctors and nurse handle prenatal care.

There are issues that you don't seem to comprehend. If you are involved in a car accident with a woman who is 12 weeks pregnant and that fetus dies, can you be charged with murder if you were found to reckless and negligent? The fetus is a legal person. You are looking at jail time.

Do you not understand the repercussions? This is not limited to abortion.

by Anonymousreply 1003/26/2013

No doubt "Queer for Life" supported little brown babies being blown to smithereens because "pro-lifers" are nothing if not consistent when it comes to their blatant hypocrisy in that they don't actually support life - only certain life.

by Anonymousreply 1103/26/2013

Stop responding to Idiot For Life. It's a troll.

by Anonymousreply 1203/26/2013

Pro lifers are actually the death panel they fear.

by Anonymousreply 1303/26/2013

r14 no doubt you masturbate. In the near future, masturbating would be illegal as it is killing a potential life. Let's see how you handle that.

by Anonymousreply 1503/26/2013

North Dakota has a billion dollar windfall from oil revenue and they can afford the legal challenge."

We got money!!! How can we waste it???

by Anonymousreply 1603/26/2013

Actually, restrictions on abortion creates more deaths in women. Of course by virtue of pro lifers ignorance they miss that fact, all in the name of who knows what and why. Pro lifers typically don't value life, they value control over women. period. It has nothing to do with a fertilized egg, but everything do with controlling women, legalizing spousal rape and forced pregnancies.

That's the true hidden agenda. And the feeble minded latch on to this pro life mantra! Sad.

by Anonymousreply 1703/26/2013

R17 speaks the truth. It has nothing to do with the life of a fetus who they will kick to the curb as soon as it's born. It's all about control and wanting women to be shamed and humiliated for having sex.

They cheerfully send people to death row and think nothing about bombing little brown children to smithereens. I honestly think that if there is a god these people are going to be in BIG trouble.

by Anonymousreply 1803/26/2013

Knock off the obnoxious "little brown babies" shit.

Of course this six week ban is unconstitutional and the Supremes are not (yet) conservative enough to overturn Roe. So this is a complete waste of time, energy and money for the North Dakotans.

I take it that their governor has national ambitions? They always do...

by Anonymousreply 1903/26/2013

I remember Anderson Cooper chastising Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on his program last year when she said there was a Republican-led War on Women. I wonder if Anderson ever apologized to Debbie?

by Anonymousreply 2103/26/2013

Well then r20, you going to be aborted because you have no heart.

by Anonymousreply 2203/26/2013

[quote]Actually, restrictions on abortion creates more deaths in women. Of course by virtue of pro lifers ignorance they miss that fact, all in the name of who knows what and why. Pro lifers typically don't value life, they value control over women. period. It has nothing to do with a fertilized egg, but everything do with controlling women, legalizing spousal rape and forced pregnancies.

That's the true hidden agenda. And the feeble minded latch on to this pro life mantra! Sad.

by Anonymousreply 2403/26/2013

R17 nailed it. This is about exercising power and control over the poor and disenfranchised. The obscene misogyny the GOP are so proud of is shameful. They rant about the sanctity of life (of a blastocyst) while complaining about the cost of welfare to support all these children.

If the governor's daughter was knocked up by the brown skinned gardener you can be sure she'd be baby-free within the week.

by Anonymousreply 2503/26/2013
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