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Published March 22, 2013, 09:42 AM

North Dakota lawmakers to consider 'personhood' measures

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House is set to consider legislation that essentially outlaws abortion in the state by defining human life as beginning with conception.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House is set to consider legislation that essentially outlaws abortion in the state by defining human life as beginning with conception.

The so-called "personhood" measures, as supporters have dubbed them, would bestow human rights on fertilized human eggs. The House is expected to vote Friday on the measures that have already passed the Senate.

North Dakota has become the epicenter of anti-abortion legislation this session, having already approved two bills that would virtually ban all abortions as early as six weeks, as well as those sought because of genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

If Gov. Jack Dalrymple signs the measures, North Dakota would be the only state with those laws.

Efforts to pass the even more restrictive personhood legislation have failed in other states.

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