Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bill to Ban ND Abortions Hinges on Overturn of Roe v. Wade Passes in State House

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The North Dakota House voted Friday to ban almost all abortions in the state in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

At the same time, House members overwhelmingly defeated a bill to ban all abortions now, which would place North Dakota at the center of a national court fight over the issue.

The first measure, dubbed a "trigger ban" because it would only take effect if triggered by the court's actions, would make it a crime to provide or aid in all abortions, except those to save the life of a mother. House members passed the bill 61-26, with little debate.

In doing so, they went a step farther than in previous sessions, where abortion bans have been proposed but soundly defeated. [....snip] Bismarck Tribune
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