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North Dakota governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban
Reuters ^ | 03/26/2013 | Dave Thompson

Posted on 03/26/2013 11:22:49 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

North Dakota on Tuesday adopted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, as the governor signed a bill that bans the procedure in most cases once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks.

Supporters of abortion rights said they would challenge the measure in court.

Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday also signed a bill that bans abortions based solely on genetic abnormalities, the first state ban of its kind, or based on the gender of the fetus.

North Dakota is the latest state to pass measures to restrict abortions. Arkansas lawmakers earlier in March approved a ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy that could take effect in August if it survives expected legal challenges.

Several states ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Dalrymple, a Republican in a state with a Republican-controlled legislature, said the constitutionality of North Dakota's effective ban at six weeks into pregnancy was an open question. He said lawmakers should appropriate money to a litigation fund for the state attorney general to defend against any possible challenges to the law.

The "heartbeat" bill provides exceptions if an abortion would prevent the death or irreversible impairment of a pregnant woman, but provides no exception for rape. It sets up a direct challenge to the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in 1973.

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CHALLENGE PLANNED

The Center for Reproductive Rights said it plans to file a legal challenge to the six-week ban before it takes effect on August 1 on behalf of North Dakota's only clinic that provides abortions, the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; avortion; dalrymple; heartbeat; northdakota; prolife
God Bless North Dakota as they try and shut down the killing fields.
1 posted on 03/26/2013 11:22:49 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

If people really thought about abortion — saw a film of the actual procedure, and the fetus from the womb in all its human form — very few would favor it. I really encourage states to pass informed consent laws — ultrasound photos, beating heart, procedure films — so people truly understand what is involved. Abortion is about the most barbaric thing in so-called civilized nations, and for me demonstrates just how cold many people are and how little human life is valued. When I hear about Nanny Bloomie’s purported concern for human life in proposing gun bans I can’t even laugh he’s such a loathsome hypocrite.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 11:28:42 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: Responsibility2nd
And it happens during Holy Week and Passover (I think Passover is this week...)
3 posted on 03/26/2013 11:36:55 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The "heartbeat" bill. I love it... You rock, North Dakota ... you rock!!
4 posted on 03/26/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The evil one and his partner (president of Planned Parenthood) are unhappy!


5 posted on 03/26/2013 11:37:39 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This too will be overturned by those old liberal supremes.
States han NO rights.
They federal gub mint is your new god.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 11:45:58 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Notice the irony that the same despicable people who want to take away our guns “for the children”, have no problem with whacking inconvenient children...


7 posted on 03/26/2013 11:46:50 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: AtlasStalled
If people really thought about abortion — saw a film of the actual procedure, and the fetus from the womb in all its human form — very few would favor it.

Just try ans show the full process of getting those packaged meats into the display case and most of these LIVs would become vegetarian. Since we became a industrialized society people seem to have no concept of how food is produced.

8 posted on 03/26/2013 11:59:37 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
God Bless North Dakota as they try and shut down the killing fields.

DITTO!!!

9 posted on 03/26/2013 12:32:10 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I thought I heard of collective leftard screech rising above this nation earlier today.


10 posted on 03/26/2013 12:32:51 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: mlizzy

Yeah, who knew that “blobs of tissue” had hearts?


11 posted on 03/26/2013 12:34:01 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Funny how the tree-huggin’ PETA pinko loons support abortion. That’s how every liberal nut job I know views it. You’d be tied to a giant oak tree and set on fire if you ever tried to abort a poor, cute, and cuddly doggy fetus.

North Dakota, keep praying. Satan has this world in the palm of his hand and his minions in his U.S. courts are doing his bidding.


12 posted on 03/26/2013 12:43:14 PM PDT by Up Yours Marxists
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Governor should’t be wondering about the Constitutionality of the new law. He shouldn’t sign any bill that he thinks violates the Constitution of the United States or of North Dakota.

This idea and attitude that the Executive and Legislative branches should just pass stuff and then let the Courts determine if it is Constitutional is one of the reasons government has grown so large. And in ceding their coequal status as Constitutional guardians, the Legislative and Executive branches have aided and abetted the Constitutionally unsound practice and policy of judicial supremacy.

Otherwise he seems like a pretty good governor.


13 posted on 03/26/2013 12:46:26 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: Responsibility2nd

Whatever happened to conception!?


14 posted on 03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper
Whatever happened to conception!?

Yes, indeed. When a human male sperm fertilizes the female egg a human being is conceived. It is not a fetus, blob of tissue or any other such nonsense. It is a human being and thus entitled to life! Without life there is no liberty or pursuit of happiness! How can something that fundamental be so lost on so many people? Boggles my mind.

15 posted on 03/26/2013 12:58:13 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: mlizzy

I like that too, and the “Abortion stops a beating heart” billboards. Not too many ways to argue against that.

It’s amazing how early a heartbeat can be picked up.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 12:59:38 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The whole argument MUST be boiled down to the question; "is this life?". If the baby is alive, it cannot be killed (due process). If the fetus is not alive, abortions should be legal up to the point in time immediately before a live birth.

I wonder what percentage of pro-abortionists would advocate killing an unborn baby seconds before birth? Wait ... maybe I'd rather not know that number.

17 posted on 03/26/2013 12:59:48 PM PDT by DesertSapper (Becoming more libertarian by the day)
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To: Up Yours Marxists
"Funny how the tree-huggin’ PETA pinko loons support abortion."

Actually, I do know a few tree huggin' PETA loons and I will say that they are intellectually honest in that they are totally against abortion. They just see the murder of unborn babies the same as the murder of bambi...
18 posted on 03/26/2013 12:59:57 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden (p)
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To: Up Yours Marxists
Funny how the tree-huggin’ PETA pinko loons support abortion

It is actually quite clear if you look at their true aims versus their stated ones. They say they are against the killing of animals but that is actually just a ruse to try and empower themselves and harm the citizens of this country. Eseentially they are aligned with evil but they want to use a traditional american value (conservation) to trick us(americans in general, not FReepers). When viewed through their true evil aims, eco-nut support of abortion makes perfect sense.

19 posted on 03/26/2013 1:33:51 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Responsibility2nd
God Bless North Dakota as they try and shut down the killing fields.

There is only one clinic in the state, here in Fargo, but they kill a classroom's worth of kids every week.

For a state with a big land area, but a small population, it is a big deal.

20 posted on 03/26/2013 2:00:33 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Responsibility2nd

I saw one picture on a post here on Free Republic.
It made me physically ill.
I wish I had the b—ls to post it on Facebook .
If there was a way I could target that photo to my Liberal friends, I would do it. After I puked.


21 posted on 03/26/2013 3:11:58 PM PDT by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Joe Boucher

This too will be overturned by those old liberal supremes.
States han NO rights.
They federal gub mint is your new god.
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You’re thinking too much ... this is a VICTORY even if it only lasts a few months ... Just think of the clinics being starved out of business never to return because we could hit them with another statute that could leave them hanging for years... That’s the way they operate ,, throw it against the wall and worry about it sticking later (if at all) ,, it’ll have an effect in the meantime.


22 posted on 03/26/2013 4:53:07 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

“Actually, I do know a few tree huggin’ PETA loons and I will say that they are intellectually honest in that they are totally against abortion. “

They must be the only “few”. PETA hates conservatives, Christians, hunters, and most meat eating, pro-life folks. And their track record of blatant and sometimes militant attacks on just about anything conservative proves it.


23 posted on 03/26/2013 5:54:26 PM PDT by Up Yours Marxists
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To: fwdude

As early as 18 days!


24 posted on 03/26/2013 9:02:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: dynoman

I remember the magic of that day, going with my wife to our first ultrasound of our firstborn and the love I felt for that tiny creature with its fast-thumping heart. That creature has blossomed into a beautiful, artistic ten-year-old girl in a gifted and talented program.


25 posted on 03/26/2013 10:20:52 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: AtlasStalled

I was pro abortion for years, whenever the woman wanted it.
One day, I was reading a story on FR and it linked to some pictures of aborted babies (I believe it was regarding a law suit about showing the pictures).

From that day on, I’ve been against abortion except in special, and very narrow, circumstances. I think people do need to see the pictures, and now we have ultra sounds that are like 3-D and you see such detail, I could no longer support a purely elective abortion.

Maybe different pictures work for different people. Some need to be shocked by the results of abortion. Others may need to see the beauty of a baby in utero, using the new technologies.

Anyway, people can change. It’s worth it to keep trying.


26 posted on 03/26/2013 11:47:49 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: radiohead

Same here. I was pro-choice at least, supposing that I was doing women a favor by having such a position.

After learning about exactly what happens, I came to believe the procedure was as much violence against women as it is against the fetus. Or at least it is violence against the spirit of womanhood.

The sad thing is that 150 years ago, at least a few months into a pregnancy, nobody would have needed such evidence as you and I were provided.

So much for society becoming kinder and more enlightened.


27 posted on 03/27/2013 1:55:05 AM PDT by John Q. Patriot (http://johnqpatriot.wordpress.com)
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28 posted on 03/27/2013 2:20:59 AM PDT by narses
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To: Responsibility2nd
The Center for Reproductive Rights said it plans to file a legal challenge to the six-week ban before it takes effect on August 1 on behalf of North Dakota's only clinic that provides abortions, the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo.

Just one more reason to give Fargo to Minnesota.

29 posted on 03/27/2013 5:00:28 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Responsibility2nd

That can’t be allowed to stand. The Supreme Court will rule, and most Democrats and other liberals will agree, that every live birth represents a falure on their part. A hearbeat comes dangerously close to approaching a live birth.


30 posted on 03/27/2013 6:54:46 PM PDT by stevem
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