North Dakota’s “Heartbeat” abortion ban

Signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple, in late March, North Dakota passed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the US with a 57 to 35 vote.

According to North Dakota’s bills, abortion is prohibited as soon as the first foetal heartbeat is detected – roughly about six weeks. The doctors that violate the ban could face up to five years in prison along with a $5000 fine. This bill completely challenges the Roe vs Wade 1973 Supreme Court case that ruled abortion legal until the foetus could survive outside the womb.

The very extremity of this new law, in my opinion, is ridiculous. No exceptions are made for rape, incest or even if the mother’s life is at risk. Essentially, a women’s right or even worse her personal safety is dependent on the laws of which state she resides in. So in essence from North Dakota’s new laws and the command of its state legislators, pregnant women are forced to give birth.

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I’m not pregnant nor have I ever had an abortion. However, as far as I can comprehend it’s a personal choice. It’s a potentially life scarring experience. It’s a decision that should not be determined by government but the thought out contemplation of the women in question.

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