Skip to comments.North Dakota to End Abortions That Stop a Beating Heart
Posted on 03/20/2013 7:49:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
On March 15, the North Dakota senate approved a bill that prevents abortions from being performed once a developing childs heartbeat is detected in the mothers womb.
This heartbeat can usually be heard six to seven weeks into a pregnancy, so its after that point that abortions will be prohibited in the state if Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs the bill.
Besides protecting life once a heartbeat is detected, North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting sex-selective abortions and abortions based on a diagnosis of genetic abnormality.
Until this current pro-life push by North Dakota lawmakers, the most significant abortion ban in the country was the one passed in Arkansas on March 6 of this year. There, state lawmakers overrode a governors veto to ban abortions beyond 12 weeks.
After the North Dakota legislation passed the state senate, acting ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero labeled it dangerous and extreme:
Today, the North Dakota Legislature voted to become the first state in the nation to ban most abortions. We urge the governor to veto this dangerous ban and to take this complex and deeply personal decision out of the hands of politicians and put it back in the hands of a woman, her family and her doctor, where it belongs. It is time lawmakers put a stop to extreme restrictions like these and the one recently passed by the Arkansas Legislature.
Probably much to Romeros dismay, North Dakota lawmakers have been hard at work on several pro-life bills throughout this year. In addition to protecting life after a heartbeat is detected and protecting life from being extinguished just because the baby isnt the sex the parents prefer, they have also introduced fetal pain legislation that would protect pre-born life after 20 weeks and have introduced two pieces of personhood legislationone of which would put an amendment on the 2014 ballot that would declare [that] life at any stage of development must be recognized and protected and another that would amend the criminal code to include personhood language.
The honorable endgame is apparentNorth Dakota legislators are determined to end abortions that stop a beating heart. However these bills fare before the activist federal judiciary in the inevitable court challenges, the message should be loud and clear to the Congress, the President, and especially the Supreme Court, which may soon be asked to consider whether abortion on demand is still viable forty years after Roe v. Wade.
Nonsense. 26 years ago, they detected my tiny little 5 week baby’s heart beating. They knew when I’d conceived because of a med I’d been given. They’ve come a way since then. I think they can see the tiny heart beating at least at 4 weeks now, if not earlier.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero labeled it dangerous and extreme:
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.
Its a start. Roe v Wade simply determined that abortion was a matter of privacy for the mother and did not even consider the rights of the unborn baby.
Modern technology can detect a baby’s heartbeat eighteen days after conception.
That is only four days after most women miss a period and begin to suspect they are pregnant.
Most abortions are not performed until the eighth week (56 days) of a pregnancy, or a little later.
Its progress in the battle to save babies. According to medical sources I’ve read the heart doesn’t develop and start beating until week 5 or 6 but may not be detectable
I keep hoping that someone will discovery a homosexuality gene.
When parents start aborting babies because they may be gay, it will cause the pro-abortion “abortion for any reason or no reason” liberals’ heads to explode.
The baby's humanity is still not precisely determined. An instrument designed to pick up the heartbeat is essentially the lone factor which decides whether the baby should live or die. The criterion should be the human baby himself, not an instrument designed to pick up a heartbeat.
The correct way to think of this is to recognize the baby's humanity as fundamental and begin at that point. The denial of humanity is the real issue.
Medical science has progressed to the point where a baby can be successfully operated on in utero. And, the baby can also be identified genetically as separate from his mother, so the baby is a separate human and should be identified as such.
If the baby is a separate human person regardless of where the baby happens to be residing, then the baby is automatically afforded Constitutional protection.
If this legislation can at least move people to understand the baby's humanity, then it will be a step in the right direction.
Hurrah for North Dakota; law is returning to your land.
Mississippi and Alabama are on the verge of closing each of their last remaining abortion clinics!
Take a moment to THANK GOVERNOR DALRYMPLE for signing this important legislation.....