With No Debate, ND House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After A Heartbeat Is Detected


Today the North Dakota House passed HB1456 by a 63 – 28 vote. Despite the no votes, though, there was no floor debate on the bill at all.

Here’s the key excerpt to the law:

Except when a medical emergency exists that prevents compliance with this subsection, an individual may not perform an abortion on a pregnant woman before determining, in accordance with standard medical practice, if the unborn child the pregnant woman is carrying has a detectable heartbeat. Any individual who performs an abortion on a pregnant woman based on the exception in this subsection shall note in the pregnant woman’s medical records that a medical emergency necessitating the abortion existed.

The law would allow for an abortion if the health of the mother is at risk. A doctor violating this law is guilty of a Class C Felony. The law “does not prohibit the sale, use, prescription, or administration of a measure, drug, or chemical designed for contraceptive purposes.”

I think life begins well before the heartbeat, but if this law rolls back the point at which an abortion can be conducted, it’s a step in the right direction.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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