The Senate of North Dakota approved a measure on Thursday that would outlaw abortion by defining a fetus as a person.
“North Dakota is leading the way for equal rights and protections for all human beings,” Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA, said. “After the struggles to pass life-affirming amendments in the Senate in the past four years, we are very pleased that the North Dakota Senate has chosen to protect all living human beings. This is a historic day in North Dakota.”
The proposed amendment to the Constitution of North Dakota states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”
The bill still needs to be passed in the state’s House and ratified by voters during the general election in 2014. Similar proposed amendments in Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, and Oklahoma have been rejected in recent years.
“Politicians in North Dakota are wasting taxpayer time advancing what would no doubt become another divisive constitutional amendment with dangerous unintended consequences for North Dakota families,” said Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood.
“Planned Parenthood will continue to fight these legislative attacks on women’s health in partnership with a broad coalition of doctors, patients, teachers, lawyers and other concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.”