Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In North Dakota- Bill would make abortion felony

Bill would make abortion felony
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press
Published April 24, 2007

BISMARCK, N.D. -- State legislators have agreed to make abortion a felony crime -- if the U.S. Supreme Court gives states a free hand to regulate it.

The North Dakota House voted 68-24 on Monday to approve a bill that declares abortion illegal except in cases of rape and incest or if it was done to save the woman's life.

The Senate followed suit Monday night, voting 29-16 to endorse the legislation. It now goes to Gov. John Hoeven.

The bill would not take effect, however, unless the attorney general recommends, and the Legislative Council agrees, that "it is reasonably probable that this act would be upheld as constitutional."

The Legislative Council oversees the Legislature's business between sessions.

Democratic state Sen. Connie Triplett, who is a lawyer, said the Supreme Court is unlikely to reverse its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. She called the bill "perfectly useless, in terms of protecting any single fetal life."


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