Yesterday, North Dakota successfully passed another anti-abortion measure, which will give fertilized eggs with the same rights as a living person. This is a move that would restrict all abortions, except in cases where a woman’s life is at risk.
According to Parents Against Personhood, SB 2303:
Contains an exception for “medical treatment of life-threatening conditions of pregnancy”, for “contraception administered before clinically diagnosable pregnancy,” and for “screening, collecting, preparing, transferring, or cryopreserving of a human being created through in vitro fertilization for the purpose of being transferred to a human uterus”.
“SB 2303 will restrict a doctor’s ability to treat doomed pregnancies, putting women’s lives at risk,” Siri Fiebiger, a physician from Fargo who practices obstetrics and gynecology, said in a statement released Tuesday. “Ectopic pregnancies are, and miscarriages can be, life-threatening if not treated in a timely fashion,” Fiebiger added. “Complications during pregnancy should be managed by physicians according to the patient’s needs and values, without involvement by politicians.”
According to Salon, if the governor signs the measure, North Dakota will become the first state to pass a “personhood” bill into law.
But that’s not the only issue women in North Dakota are facing. In addition to SB2303 being passed, Senators voted 30-17 to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The measure is a challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
Mental note, I’ll have to remind myself to leave my womb in states where I’m free to use it as I please.