North Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bills

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North Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bills

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM CDT

Bismarck, ND (NNCNOW.com) --- North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed three abortion bills, making his state the strictest in the country on abortion.

Today, Governor Dalrymple sign HB 1305, which would ban abortions performed solely for the purpose of gender selection and genetic abnormalities.

He also signed HB 1456, which would ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

In a statement released by North Dakota's Governor, Dalrymple says:

"Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade. Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction in HB 1456, the constitutionality of this measure is an open question. The Legislative Assembly before it adjourns should appropriate dollars for a litigation fund available to the Attorney General."

North Dakota's Governor also signed SB 2305, which requires admitting and staff privileges at a nearby hospital for any physician who performs abortions in North Dakota.

The Governor said that the added requirement that the hospital privileges must include allowing abortions to take place in their facility greatly increases the chances that this measure will face a court challenge.

According to KVLY in Fargo, abortion-rights advocates say that these measures are an attempt to close the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns