North Dakota lawmakers pass ‘personhood amendment’

North Dakota lawmakers pass ‘personhood amendment’

personhood amendmentThe North Dakota state House of Representatives passed the first ‘personhood’ amendment in U.S. history on Friday with a 57-35 vote. The measure was approved by the state Senate last month and will now be voted on by the people of North Dakota, most likely on the November 2014 ballot.

The personhood amendment, SCR 4009, states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”  SCR 4009 was written to ensure that the mother and baby are both treated as medical patients, that legitimate medical care is not inhibited, and that fertility treatments are not banned.

Keith Mason, founder of Personhood USA, said,

“This amendment strikes the balance of accomplishing more for the unborn than any other amendment the nation has ever seen, while protecting pregnant women and their right to true medical care.”

However, he recognized that despite today’s success, there is still work to be done. He said, “This has now set up a nearly 19-month battle that will lead up to the final vote, which will take place in November 2014. You can bet that the pro-abortion machine will be unleashed like never before.”

This is not the first measure North Dakota lawmakers have passed this month in an attempt to limit abortions. Last week, lawmakers approved a ban on abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, the narrowest window of any U.S. state. Lawmakers also voted to ban abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities.

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