This year's legislative session is up and running! As always, with the session comes an effort from the pro-life movement to pass legislation that will protect LIFE. This year, NDRL is supporting three bills that help to protect the life of unborn babies and the health of their mothers. Below is the list of bills, along with their numbers and a brief description of what they say, that we support.
Please call your legislatures and ask them to support these pro-life bills!
Currently NDRL is supporting Senate Bill 2368 - “Pain-Capable Child Protection”
SB 2368 is based on the NRLC model legislation protecting unborn babies after 20 week gestational age because of a state compelling interest in protecting pain-capable children. In layman terms, this bans all abortions after 20 weeks, because at 20 weeks the baby can feel pain and we feel that ND has a right to protect pain-capable children, even in the womb. We hope to establish this as one of the many compelling state interests in protecting the unborn.
NDRL is also supporting House Bill 1456 – “Heartbeat Bill”
HB 1456 is being referred to as “the heartbeat bill”. This bill asserts that the state of North Dakota has a compelling state interest in defending any human life with a detectable heartbeat. Heartbeat is detectable sometime between 5 ½ weeks and 7 weeks gestational age. The simple idea behind this is that in ND we declare someone as “dead” when there heart beat stops, so it is logical that they must then be “alive” if they have a detectable heartbeat.
NDRL is also supporting Senate Bill 2305
SB 2305 simply requires any doctor who performs an abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The language is inspired by another state in which local abortionists failed to get admitting privileges, which led to the closing of the abortion clinic in that state. The argument for this bill is that doctors coming to this state to perform abortions must have all the proper privileges to take care of ND women in case an emergency might occur during the abortion procedure.
NDRL is also supporting House Bill 1305
HB 1305 relates to the prohibition on abortions for sex selection or genetic abnormalities. It would prohibit an individual from having an abortion for these reasons. This bill protects unborn children from being aborted because of their sex or genetic abnormalities. Aborting a child for these reasons is discrimination, which is the main argument for this bill.
NDRL is following a number of other bills and will bring you more information and action as things develop. If you would like to read the bills in their entirety, you can read them here: http://www.legis.nd.gov/.
Please call or email your legislators and encourage them to support these pro-life bills!
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