N. Dakota Bans Abortions If There's a Heartbeat
Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs bill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Gov. Jack Dalrymple delivers the State of the State Address at the Capitol in Bismarck, ND, on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

(Newser) – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation that would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Republican governor also signed into law another measure that would makes North Dakota the first to ban abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome.

Abortion-rights advocates say the measures signed today are an attempt to close the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo. Supporters of the so-called fetal heartbeat measure say it's a challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until a fetus is considered viable, usually at 22 to 24 weeks. Abortion-rights advocates say the state will have to defend the legislation in a costly legal fight.

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Apr 1, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
I'm for post-birth abortion of all politicians.
Mar 28, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
Before you argue that you should be able to abort children with down syndrome...remember that is opinion that the child less human, no different than gender related abortions in China/India etc.
Mar 27, 2013 5:41 PM CDT
My personal beliefs are different from my political beliefs on this subject Personally, I'm ready and willing to take care of any life which I am responsible for creating, and spiritually (not religiously, as i am not religious) I believe that the point of brain activity and heart beat is the point of life. Around day 40 The pineal gland enters the developing brain through the roof of the mouth, then brain activity and heart beat follow. Politically, I do believe women should have the right to choose until the possibility of viability or roughly 20 weeks. I do think there should be exceptions made if it's deemed the fetus is severely retarded (not downs) When the woman's health is at risk past 20 weeks, there should be an emergency c section not an abortion. It's not safer to abort than it is to deliver through c section so i don't understand that argument. In cases of rape, once again 20 weeks is enough time to find out and decide. Someone might ask me the question, "what if it was your wife, or daughter" My answer would be that i would support them having it done and would want them to have it done in that time frame. It's an ugly emotional subject, but looking from the outside in, I don't see why the timeline would need to be changed. Why not just make it legal to kill a rape child after it's born or up until 2 years. Obviously that's a sensational statement, but it's just meant to point out that even under those circumstances, a line does have to be drawn somewhere.