Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ACLU press release: North Dakota Governor Signs Another Law Restricting Access to Abortion:
BISMARCK, N.D. – The governor of North Dakota yesterday signed a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy. This follows on the heels of the state passing other extreme measures, including a law that already bans most abortions in the state.
“While North Dakota leads the pack of states seeking to outlaw abortion, extreme politicians around the country are trying to catch up,” said Jennifer Dalven, director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “Now is the time to tell our elected officials enough is enough. Politicians must stop interfering in personal and private decisions that should be made by a woman and her family.”
The bill is SB2368 and the text is available here. Of course, North Dakota has also passed a much earlier ban that prohibits abortions starting around six weeks of pregnancy. That ban is certain to be struck down. This latest ban, too, is unconstitutional because it prohibits some abortions before fetal viability.