"North Dakota Governor Approves The Most Radical Anti-Choice Laws In The Nation"
On Tuesday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) officially signed into law three of the most radical anti-abortion bills in the nation. It will now be illegal for women in North Dakota to get an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, while the only abortion provider in the state will likely be forced to shut down entirely. The governor also signed a law specifically forcing women whose fetuses have genetic defects to carry them to term.
Dalrymple signed the bills even after protests erupted all over the state yesterday to stand against the extreme anti-choice restrictions. Republican lawmakers broke from their party to speak out against the bills, warning they go too far. While testifying in front of the North Dakota legislature, one doctor warned that these new restrictions would force women to seek out the dangerous, backroom abortions that were common in the pre-Roe era.
North Dakota now leads the charge in state-level attacks against women’s rights; their new “fetal heartbeat” ban surpasses even Arkansas’ 12-week ban. The new restrictions also expose the state to costly legal battles, as the laws stand in direct opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court’s iconic ruling on Roe v. Wade.
Dalrymple will also consider signing a widely debunked “fetal pain” bill passed by the legislature.