Abortion Ban Bill Passes in ND House | VideoAmanda Tetlak | 2/11/2011
The bill defines a human being in North Dakota to include the words: "At every stage of development."
Supporters of the bill say banning abortion preserves the dignity of human life.
Those in opposition had some questions about whether a mother would be protected if she had to abort the baby because of health reasons.
Others in opposition are concerned about the government interfering with a woman`s choice.
"The intention is not to risk the mother at the benefit of the unborn child," said Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot. "So I think we have it all covered here."
Rep. Kathy Hawken R-Fargo, said: "We are deciding what is ok for a single person. I don`t believe that is our role."
The bill passed overwhelmingly, 68 to 25. It goes to the Senate next.