North Dakota legislature takes on the abortion billsBismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota House passed 2-bills today, designed to ban abortions in the State. The senate also passed one.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota House passed 2-bills today, designed to ban abortions in the State. The senate also passed one.
With 7-Anti-abortion bills on the state house and senate floor, it appears some are headed to voters, or the courts, to decide. Both sides of the issue are digging in, and preparing for a long fight.
This is a direct challenge of Roe V Wade.
Aside from all the visible protests and opposition here in Fargo against abortion, it comes down to this today. Without directly challenging Roe V Wade, legislators are debating and passing a half dozen laws that are chipping away
The state of ND was just rated the worse state for women. And brick by brick, dis-mantling the state's only abortion clinic in Fargo and the state of North Dakota. All are expected to be challenged in the courts.
Tammi Kromenaker/Red River Women's clinic: "I will take every step that needs to be taken to keep abortion safe and legal and available in North Dakota."
Meantime, those who favor restricting or eliminating abortion in North Dakota, say the legislature is making steps in the right direction.
Bret Stiles/opposing abortion: "Our culture that if we respect life from the beginning and to the end, that that is where our country needs to go."
This topic that divides churches, communities, and families, now in the laps of state lawmakers.
"When you think about the declaration of independence life, liberty and pursuit of happiness you cannot have liberty and happiness if you don't have life."
"We are getting calls from women wondering if their appointment is still valid for next week. Women have to stand up contact their legislators."
North Dakota is swimming in millions from oil revenue. It may need some of that when ND defends its new abortion laws in court. The first abortion clinic opened in Fargo back in 1981.