Next week is a critical time for young women in North Dakota. Starting Monday, January 29th and Tuesday, January 30th a number of anti-choice bills will be heard and we need your support to prevent them from moving forward. There are a total of five bills, each one a dangerous affront to young women’s ability to make reproductive health decisions on their own. These are copycat bills that have been defeated by activists like you across the country, and include forced medical procedures, such as ultrasounds; redefining life at conception, contrary to sound medical evidence; and punishing the limited number of providers in North Dakota. Below is a short description of each of the bills:
SCR 4009: This is a personhood resolution that defines any developmental stage of a human being to be recognized as life. If enacted, it could require any stage of a fetus to be given the right to life.
SB 2302: This is a complete, all-out ban of abortion in the state of North Dakota, with the only exception of saving the life of the woman. Specifically, it would prohibit access to both in-clinic and medicine induced abortions (aka abortifacients). Additionally, there are no exceptions for women who may be seeking abortion services due to rape or incest, a clause that even the most conservative states include. Lastly, it would criminalize physicians who provide abortions.
SB 2303: This increases restrictions of pregnant women who are undergoing serious health complications that may necessitate an abortion to save their life.
SB 2305: This is a TRAP initiative that would force abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
HB 1456: This is a heart beat bill that would enforce penalties on physicians who provide abortions after the fetus has a detectable heart beat. By extension this would require women to undergo medically unnecessary and at times costly medical procedures.
This post was composed by Diana & Hemly, State Stategies Managers at Advocates for Youth.