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.

  • kelly

    A fetus has rights too, if someone kills a pregnant women they get charged with double murder, but if the mother dose its all good. If you ask me mothers shouldnt be going around killing their babies anyways, I think thats another issue we have in America, people not taking responsiblity for their actions.. And FYI only 1% of abortions are from rape the other 99 are people using it as birth control…

  • Dorth

    This is horrible! A woman should be the only person in control of her body not the government. Who the hell is the government to tell women that getting an abortion is “acceptable” if your life is in danger or due to rape.

    To the commenter above their are PLENTY of reasons why women get abortions. Are there a small percentage of women who get abortions as a way of birth control yes. Should they be educated on other ways to prevent getting pregnant yes! But those same states want to ban abortions or make ridiculous restrictions are the same ones who do not want women taking any type of birth control or do not want comprehensive sex education.

  • Worldly

    It was a forced abortion. Without consent of the mother, so the person is being charged for double murder. To have a pregnancy or not should be up to the woman carrying. Point, blank, period. And not bringing another human being into the world when you cannot provide a stable, healthy life for is being responsible. If women want to give their children up for adoptions that is their option/choice. But one shouldn’t be FORCED to carry a pregnancy she doesn’t want.

    This should be a decision between the woman, her partner (if she chooses), and her doctor. No one else.

    It doesn’t matter why she gets an abortion. We don’t know her story and it’s still irrelevant to the fact that it’s her body.

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    This is insane! I say we legally change the name from Uterus to UterMINE so these legislators stop thinking they have a say in what goes on in my reproductive system. People need to keep their personal beliefs out of a womans womb, unless they plan on helping financially in raising the baby.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    These people are nostalgic for slavery days when they’d the right of live and death over every slave woman and her children.

  • The Other Jess

    I’m sorry but this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

  • ImJustSaying

    Kelly do you have some verifiable and empirical evidence of your statistics? Just wondering.

    How about we teach our tweens and teens all the possible ways to avoid getting pregnant in the first place?
    How about we make birth control easily accessible for all women so they have all the possible ways to avoid getting pregnant in the first place?
    How about we teach our sons the importance and correct use of condoms so they can avoid getting a girl/woman pregnant in the first place?
    How about instead of making laws that are against the AFTER effects we start working on the BEFORE.

    And if you don’t want to do that…
    How about every single person crying about the unborn child put their name on an adoption list and when the baby is born we drop it off at YOUR HOUSE because you want this adult to have a child they felt they couldn’t take care of but were forced to have.

  • Kelly

    I would adopt but I’m only 22 and im still in college, anyway you cut it murder is murder.. And you guys can thumb me down all you want. The truth is abortion is a barbaric practices that rips a baby out the womb and then the child is dropped in acid to be disposed.. Believe it or not its the truth and their videos on YouTube showing this… Futhermore, I grew up with morals and know how to have a commited realtionships with a man with out sex, for some of you that may sound impossible but when you believe and do right all thing are possible. Any who I was just giving my opinion and according to my constitution I have every right to do that.

  • 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.

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