North Dakota Governor Signs Strict 6-Week Abortion Ban Into Law

Tue, March 26, 2013 4:30pm EDT by 31 Comments
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The nation’s strictest abortion ban was signed into law on March 26, which would prevent a woman from having an abortion as early as six weeks into her pregnancy. What do YOU think of the ban?

North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple made a historical pro-life decision on March 26 when he signed a strict abortion ban into law, which would women from having abortions as early as six weeks pregnant.

The law approves three bills, one of which is the most controversial — it bans abortions once the fetus’ heartbeat is “detectable,” according to the New York Times. A heartbeat can be heard as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, which many pro-choice activists argue could entail that abortion will be completely banned. Many women don’t realize they are pregnant until they are six weeks along or later.

The law also prevents women from getting abortions for fetal genetic abnormalities.

North Dakota’s Abortion Ban Met With Opposition

Gov. Dalrymple’s controversial law was met with intense criticism by pro-choice activists, especially in the state, which already has strict abortion laws. Red River Women’s Clinic is the only institution in the state the provides abotion.

“In the past it’s been, ‘We’re going to try and make it more difficult, more hoops, more obstacles for women to have to jump through or jump over,’” Tammi Kromenaker, director of Red River Women’s Clinic, told the New York Times. “But this is specifically, ‘Let’s ban abortion. Let’s do it. Let’s challenge Roe v. Wade. Let’s end abortion in North Dakota.’”

What do YOU think of the anti-abortion law HollyMoms? Do you agree with the law? Let us know in the comments below.

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– Christina Stiehl

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Linda Heenan

Posted at 6:51 PM on July 7, 2013  

The only reason people could think abortion is not murder, has to be lack of education. No matter what a person’s religious beliefs, or lack of them, it doesn’t take a lot of scientific research to discover a fetus is just an earlier stage of a full grown human. Either you believe murder is immoral, or you don’t. Surely people in this day and age aren’t still trying to pretend a fetus isn’t human with the full right to develop as they did. Let’s get this straight. Abortion is the termination of a human life for the convenience of a bigger person. You kill that small human because you can – their life and future sacrificed for yours. Rape is wrong. Making children without a way to provide for them is wrong but why sentence someone to death for other people’s crimes. The old adage that two wrongs don’t make a right, is still true. They just make a wrong and a much worse wrong.

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Ronado

Posted at 8:31 AM on March 28, 2013  

North Dakota is going to become an no-no to many women.

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Sheri

Posted at 6:06 AM on March 28, 2013  

Does this law in any way stop women from aborting at all? They will move somewhere else however inconveniencing it will be to them. A woman that has decided to terminate is almost unstoppable. That is the fact. It does not matter how many barriers you put in their way, they jump over them.

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Southern Belle

Posted at 7:08 PM on March 27, 2013  

the EHC said it best:

I’m so sick and tired of (stupid) Christians
trying to run my left with their superstition
preaching love with words of hate
erasing the lines between church and state

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Lanky

Posted at 7:25 PM on March 27, 2013  

You know if you call Christians stupid, u call Christ stupid. You should really be careful what you say because God humbles the proud. If you don’t believe in God then I can call you a fool. “A fool said in his heart: there is no God”(proverbs)

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t

Posted at 12:32 AM on March 28, 2013  

Jesus is a false idol. I believe and worship G-d only. I don’t worship a son who thinks he is better than the Father.

 
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Jessica from Nashville (and a proud atheist)

Posted at 1:28 AM on March 28, 2013  

not everyone in this country is religious and those that are may have a different concept of god (deliberately not capitalized) than others. If you’re a christian would you wear a jarmulka or an abaya? No? Than why should non-christians be forced to abide by the rules of a sect they don’t believe in?

The way i feel is, if you don’t like abortions, than don’t have one! Don’t force your beliefs and your bible onto someone else’s life unless you personally want to be responsible for the outcome

 
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Lanky

Posted at 3:21 AM on March 28, 2013  

Then I feel sorry for you Jessica “the proud atheist”……..
@ “t”… No where in the bible does it say that Jesus thinks He’s better than the Father. I don’t know where you got that from. But there’s no point in having this debate with you. It’s like arguing with a Muslim or a Mormon.

 
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t

Posted at 10:01 AM on March 28, 2013  

Lanky, I am a Jew. Not a mormon or muslim.

 
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D.C.

Posted at 6:31 AM on March 27, 2013  

6 weeks is a lot of time to make the choice to abort or to have the baby. Waiting until you’re 6 months (or more) pregnant is ridiculous.

Make better choices.

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tiki

Posted at 8:46 AM on March 27, 2013  

you would only find out earliest at about 4 weeks so thats 2 weeks to make your discision, both my babies (who I kept) I didn’t find out until 6 weeks! rediculas! you don’t have 6 weeks to decide. smh learn the facts before you comment

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Jason

Posted at 2:06 PM on March 27, 2013  

Abortion is the murder of an innocent human being. Learn the facts before you comment.

 
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t

Posted at 12:31 AM on March 28, 2013  

Most women don’t know they are pregnant until they are 6 weeks.

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Michelle

Posted at 2:25 AM on March 27, 2013  

As for rape victims… As soon as they report it to the police or hospitals…they can recieve the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy.. If they chose to not report it, then its their own faults.

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tiki

Posted at 8:47 AM on March 27, 2013  

morning after pill doesn’t always work. I took one less then 24 hours after a condom break, still got pregnant

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Michelle

Posted at 3:57 PM on March 27, 2013  

Well if It didnt work abort then!

 
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jay

Posted at 9:42 AM on March 27, 2013  

It’s their own faults that they went through a traumatizing situation and maybe were scared to go and report the rape??!!! It’s their own fault (most ridiculous statement!), go into a rape victim’s counsel group and say that.

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Michelle

Posted at 3:57 PM on March 27, 2013  

Been there done that!

 
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Michelle

Posted at 2:24 AM on March 27, 2013  

Im all for it! More states need to apply stricter bans. Many women take advantage of abortions all the time, and shockingly some even consider it a form of birth control! I know a girl whos had 3 abortions, more then 10 morning after pills… It needs to stop. If these woman are pastth 6 weeks time, then give your child up for adoption, there are plenty of people out there waiting

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Jessicca

Posted at 9:06 PM on March 26, 2013  

I am incredibly pro choice. I may not vocalize it often, but those who know me, know I fully support abortion. I find this law that was just signed absolutely ridiculous. This is just regulating more of what women can & can not do with our bodies. Some women don’t even find out they are pregnant till after 6 weeks. It also bans abortions for fetuses with genetic abnormalities.

These choices are up to the women or the couple to make, not anyone else. What happens to those women who have been a victim of rape? Or the children who were raped? Or the teenagers who screwed up & ended up pregnant? Or just a family who even took preventative measures to not get pregnant but it happens anyway?

More children being placed into foster care? In a system that is already overloaded & with many homes being horrible places, and some good homes? Sure, there is adoption, which is beautiful, but there are so many children already in state custody who need homes too. Or are these women & families forced to raise a child? Relying on the welfare system to cover child care, food, cash, & medical? Then the outrage over more people using the state aid? Some women can not handle the stresses of parenthood or the worry of having another mouth to feed.

Sure, there is the option of “keeping her legs closed” but why does it always have to fall on the woman to provide protection or “keep her legs shut”? When men are just as guilty. They are perfectly able to provide condoms. Sex happens, pregnancy happens, even with condom use & birth control use. There are enough men out there making babies & just leaving them with the mother & not providing for a child they have made.

Now, I understand genetic abnormalities can vary from how mild to how severe. But how are some women going to afford the medical care? The additional help they may need? Again, unless they have some stellar insurance, it is going to fall back on state aid. Even with good insurance, you still have an out of pocket expense. Some people can not afford that.

No one likes abortion, but it is there for a reason & shouldn’t be abolished & regulations this extreme are absurd. Do I feel that there should be a time frame limit? Of course. Should there be a limit on how many a woman can get? Of course, just for the fact that some women use this as birth control. But abortion is needed. Let’s not return to the time when abortions were done in back alley’s, by non-medical professionals. Even with herbal abortions, there are some pretty heavy risks.

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curiousityGeorge

Posted at 12:12 AM on March 27, 2013  

Why do you believe there should be a time frame limit?

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Lanky

Posted at 7:41 PM on March 26, 2013  

Finally!!!!woohoo for North Dakota! Now lets put this into law in all the states! Stop killing innocent babies.

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a;lsd4ljih

Posted at 8:36 PM on March 26, 2013  

Lanky- go get raped and then see how u feel about it!

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Lanky

Posted at 8:44 PM on March 26, 2013  

No one will be the same after abortion. I know someone close to me who was raped ad she had an abortion. 10 years later she still cannot forgive herself and wishes that she never did it because that wasn’t baby’s fault. The baby didn’t choose.
Yes it’s unfortunate for rape victims but killing an innocent baby is not an answer.

 
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Jessica Allen

Posted at 6:35 PM on March 26, 2013  

To M – you need to know women are brutally raped by no fault of their own, and can get pregnant, which puts their lives at risk should they carry on with the pregnancies. Pregnant women who then are diagnosed with cancer have little choice but to pick life saving treatments, but may also have to terminate their pregnancies, and must never be judged and criticized by you for making the decision of what is best for their own health. And for goodness sakes, you do know birth control can fail sometimes, right?

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m

Posted at 10:17 PM on March 26, 2013  

you know when you hop in the bed that the bc may fail that you may end up pregnant and that you may have to deal with whatever idiot you slept with the rest of your lives

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MP

Posted at 5:21 PM on March 26, 2013  

I just don’t understand this. Fine, you don’t believe abortion is okay, but how can you expect everyone else to have the same views? There is no absolute truth to anything. Just perception. No one is right or wrong, there is just opinion. Abortion should be 100% legal.

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m

Posted at 6:05 PM on March 26, 2013  

people should realize before they hop in bed that they can get pregnant.. thats when they have the choice not after the child is conceived

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Huh!

Posted at 6:43 PM on March 26, 2013  

This law also bans invitro fertilization, several forms of birth control, and if a person is a victim of rape or incest they will be forced to carry the baby to term.

 
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a;lsd4ljih

Posted at 8:37 PM on March 26, 2013  

so they also have the choice to get raped or not?????

 
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Freedom of Thought

Posted at 1:37 AM on March 28, 2013  

Southern Belle is right, regardless of your own personal beliefs, America is a land of freedom of speech, thought, religion, and expression. If someone genuinely believes that abortion is not murder, than that is their RIGHT TO CHOOSE. The government has NO RIGHT TO DECIDE what is going to happen to a woman’s body!
We’ve already lost far to much of our constitutional freedoms to the christian fringe

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