North Dakota Senate Passes “Personhood” Bill Granting Legal Rights To Fertilized Eggs
Ladies, North Dakota is coming for your wombs.

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.

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  • Mademoiselle

    I was expecting SMH, KIR, and others to be leading the protest on this one. They tend to be the ones dropping the “women control 100% of the single parent epidemic because they control 100% of the decision to have kids” argument everywhere else. North Dakota rolling back some of that control over deciding to have kids seems like a cause they would feel strongly about, no?

    Anyhow, the only part of this news that isn’t alarming to me is the part about abortions being banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The idea that a fetus going into its 3rd trimester could be aborted (considering a fetus that age could also be born a preemie) never sat well with me.

  • Von

    This article just reminded me that it’s time for me to make a donation to Planned Parenthood. If this gets signed into law, i’m pretty sure they will be challenging it so the supreme can knock it down. The case probably won’t even make it that far.