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Our legislators have better things to do than pass anti-abortion legislation

February 11, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
Don't our legislators have better things to do than write and pass anti-abortion legislation that will likely be proven unconstitutional and expensive to defend in court?

There are currently seven bills up before the state legislature that are intended to restrict access to abortion.

Senate Bill 2303 would grant legal protection to a fetus at every stage of development from conception and would likely effectively outlaw abortion. The second version of the bill grants exceptions in cases of in vitro fertilization services or an abortion necessary to save the life of the mother.

Senate Bill 2305 would require that any physician performing an abortion within the state be an OBGYN with privileges at a local hospital.

House Bill 1356 would prohibit an abortion if the doctor can detect a heartbeat, something that can be detected as early as six weeks of gestation – before many women know they're pregnant – and would probably require the woman to undergo an invasive transvaginal ultrasound.

The Right to Life Act would add a new section to Article I of the state constitution, relating to the inalienable right to life of every human being at every stage of development. This would require a vote of the people.

Senate Bill 2368 would prohibit an abortion past 20 weeks of gestation.

House Bill 1305 would prohibit an abortion for sex selection or genetic abnormalities.

Our esteemed legislators appear to be throwing everything at the wall in hope that some of it will stick. The legislation will all likely be immediately challenged in court and judges will grant injunctions. They will weave their way through the court system, presumably until they reach the Supreme Court. Lawyers are likely salivating, but no one else should be happy.

Shouldn't some of that time and money be diverted to more fruitful pursuits, such as funding for social service programs, funding for low income housing grants and rent subsidies and other programs that actually will help prevent some of those abortions?


Article Comments



Feb-12-13 8:27 AM

Hey discust....I thought repubs were FOR tax breaks...I guess not in ND. #1 The bill would have suspended the state’s income tax, reducing the state’s general fund revenue by $137 million for upcoming biennium House Bill 1182 came out of committee with a 14-0 do not pass recommendation.

#2 A bill to provide a break to renters, sponsored by Rep. Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, failed in the House by a 29-57 vote. Under House Bill 1221, renters would have received a 5 percent tax credit on $7,200 rent paid.

#3 A bill to provide a $400 tax credit to every taxpayer over 18 living in the state during the 2014 calendar year failed on the House floor 24-62. House Bill 1223, sponsored by Rep. Eliot Glassheim, D-Grand Forks,

#4 A bill that would have allowed the 23 non-profit health centers in North Dakota to be exempt from sales tax failed in the House by a 35-51 vote. House Bill 1271, sponsored by Rep. Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, was requested by the health centers who cur


Feb-12-13 8:02 AM

I blame Ruth Ginsburg for so willfully and completely destroying the American Family. In 1959 she was given the task of getting housewives out of the house working and paying taxes. By doing this the government almost doubled the amount of people paying income taxes. She somehow convinced women they were not being given equal rights. I wish she would have also told them they were giving up raising their own children. Many of the working class of women can't afford a child without a husband to be dedicated to helping pay for the child so they have abortions.


Feb-12-13 2:01 AM

Financial problems are a major reason for abortions. High rents are bound to contribute to the financial stress of low income mothers who have to decide how to handle an unplanned pregnancy. Rent subsidies are one of many practical solutions that might have an impact.


Feb-12-13 1:51 AM

I am curious about how rent subsidies will prevent abortions.


Feb-12-13 1:48 AM

icart68, settle down, the kids already get milk and/or juice twice a day. Even two democrat legislators apologized for the underhanded way of using kids to raise money for their party.


Feb-11-13 6:03 PM

That particular bill would require a six month waiting period and mandatory counseling prior to a divorce. Domestic violence cases would be exempted. Lawyers oppose it. I don't necessarily think some of that is a bad idea, particularly if it helps divorcing couples with children to communicate more effectively. On the other hand, there are probably more effective ways to deal with that problem than mandating a waiting period.

I encourage everyone to contact legislators via e-mail to let them know what you think of these bills and any others you have taken an interest in. The Chamber of Commerce holds an informational session at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Fairgrounds during the legislative session that is attended by local legislators. It's a good time to meet them in person.


Feb-11-13 5:49 PM

Don't forget...this week...they are discussing "quickie" divorces and the nokota ponies...SURE am glad my tax dollars are paying for that!!!!


Feb-11-13 5:47 PM

I also strongly disapprove of their vote against giving milk to needy school kids at milk break.

The bottom line is that these abortion bills aren't going to do anything but line lawyers' pockets and waste everyone's time. I don't like abortion any better than the next person but this isn't the way to prevent it or help the vulnerable women who are most likely to get abortions. The needy kids who aren't going to get their milk breaks probably have moms who may feel they have no choice but to abort those kids' younger siblings because they are having a hard time paying the rent and making ends meet. Life is only getting harder for people who work two or three jobs to pay $1,500 rent and sky high food and daycare costs in northwest N.D.


Feb-11-13 5:37 PM

THANK YOU ANDREA!!! Finally, a voice of reason!!! Did you also realize that they voted against the bill to approve giving milk to needy school kids?? Yeah, real "Pro-life" huh?? BUT it's ok to give the governor a 3 MILLION dollar mansion.. REALLY??? 3 MILLION DOLLARS...Are you kidding me?? Makes me sick!!!!


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