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Bill makes anyone who receives/performs abortion guilty of murder

(Associated Press)
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:08 AM CST
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - North Dakota lawmakers are going after abortion laws. A bill would make anyone who performs an abortion guilty of a class AA murder.

HB 1313 only makes an exception for saving the life of the mother. Cases of rape and incest are not mentioned as exceptions.

The bill also makes anyone who intentionally “aids, abets, facilitates, solicits, or incites another person to commit an abortion is guilty of a class C felony.” Meaning anyone who knowingly drives a patient to receive an abortion would be guilty.

North Dakota’s history with abortion law is a lengthy one, but efforts failed after legislative and legal opposition to the bills.

In 2019, a lawsuit was filed regarding an informed consent bill, which required doctors to provide literature to patients about abortion-reversing practices 24 hours before the operation.

Some lawmakers believe this path will be more successful.

“It’s really the state taking a crucial matter into their own hands and saying, ‘hey wait a minute, this is so egregious besides not having jurisdiction, but we do have a legal right to say no,’” Rep. John Hoverson, R-Minot, said.

North Dakota is not alone in the continuous legal battles over this issue.

There have been new efforts from many states to challenge Roe v. Wade following ideological shifts on the United States Supreme Courts.

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