North Dakota Senate OKs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

by Steven Ertelt

The North Dakota state Senate on Monday approved two pro-life bills – including one that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Senators voted 30-17 to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific information showing unborn children feel pain at least at that point in pregnancy.

The chamber also approved SB 2303 which “ensures that the protection that our criminal laws afford to victims of crimes extends to all human beings born and unborn.” SB 2303 has the effect of recognizing when life begins and protecting that life at all stages and says “Human being” means an individual member of the species homo sapiens at every stage of development.”

The 20-week abortion ban is thought to fit within the current framework of the pro-abortion Supreme Court.

Previously the chamber approved SCR 4009, which states “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected,” a personhood amendment banning abortions that will not likely stand up in court.

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