North Dakota Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks
Latest in a raft of new measures to challenge Roe v. Wade
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 17, 2013 8:52 AM CDT
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Dalrymple signed legislation on March 26, 2013 that would make North Dakota the nation's most restrictive state on abortion rights.   (AP Photo/Dale Wetzel, File)

(Newser) – Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed into law a measure that outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The law signed yesterday is the latest among a raft of measures passed in North Dakota this session that are meant to challenge Roe v. Wade. Dalrymple last month signed a law that bans abortion as early as six weeks, or when a fetal heartbeat is detected, making North Dakota the most restrictive state in the US in which to get the procedure. At least 10 states have passed bills banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

He also signed into law last month other measures that make the state the first to ban abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome and require a doctor who performs abortions to be a physician with hospital-admitting privileges. Abortion-rights activists are promising a court battle and say the measures, which take effect August 1, are aimed at closing North Dakota's sole abortion clinic, the Red River Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo. Meanwhile, activists in Arkansas are suing the state over its own new abortion law, which bans most abortions after 12 weeks if a heartbeat is detected, Politico reports.

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gomer99
Apr 17, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
I can understand (not approve, mind you, but understand) how the toothless, illiterate, bible-thumpers in redneck country might do this......... But Dakota ???
WarmWeatherGuy
Apr 17, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
They did this because the fetus can feel pain? Using this same logic we would outlaw circumcision, but they don't. Their lie is exposed. This is religion interfering with our lives.
KurtRambis4va
Apr 17, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
Liberals will get mad if the headline read "ND bans abortions after 40 weeks." Will it be ok for you libs to think it's ok to abort after 39 weeks? Outta sight outta mind right!