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Published February 19, 2013, 09:16 AM

Abortion Bill Passes Senate

A bill that would make abortions illegal in North Dakota passes the Senate by one vote Monday. Senate Bill 2303 passed 24 to 23.

A bill that would make abortions illegal in North Dakota passes the Senate by one vote Monday. Senate Bill 2303 passed 24 to 23.

The bill defines a human being as a fertilized egg, which would ban abortions at any time. Supporters say it protects an unborn child under the state's criminal code, making it a crime to harm that unborn child. The measure's aim is to regulate in vitro fertilization and prohibit intentional destruction of embryos.

Sen. John Grabinger (D), Jamestown, "I suggest this bill has more to do with personhood than abortion as some may think. The committee was very split on making a decision and voted for the amendments but then chose to oppose the bill in it's entirety. The Appropriations committee has sent this back to the floor without recommendation. And for all those families and future families made whole by our in vetro professionals who oppose this bill, I and a majority of the Judiciary committee ask for a do not pass on this bill."

Sen. Margaret Sitte (R), Bismarck, "A human embryo is a human being. Yes, it may be small, but you and I were all once human embryos, and no, they won't be wards of the state. There are so many people around the nation who want to adopt embryos. There are so many people who struggle with infertility issues. This is a reasonable bill."

Senators also passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that at that point a fetus can feel pain. Seven abortion related bills were introduced this session and have all been voted on and passed in the chambers in which they originated.

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