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Published March 27, 2013, 09:52 PM

Social media gives voice to nation’s thoughts on abortion bills

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you've been on any social media outlet lately if may seem as though North Dakota's abortion legislation is the only topic of discussion.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If you've been on any social media outlet lately if may seem as though North Dakota's abortion legislation is the only topic of discussion.

So just how are others perceiving the state of North Dakota?

All you need to do is type "Abortion and North Dakota" into a search engine. Within seconds, millions of results.

Abortion is a matter of opinion, no doubt, but one thing is certain, we're the talk of the nation. Major news organizations; the BBC, MSNBC, ABC and the NEW YORK TIMES just to name a few, are nipping at our heels for the latest information.

Even the state's Republicans are saying it's too much. Republic State Representative Kathy Hawken writes in the Daily Beast this week, that her home state of North Dakota, "...is poised to win the state by state race to the bottom on women's health."

From respected news outlets to social media, some people are venting their frustrations on the Governor Facebook page, hoping their voices are heard.

Rhea Anne Williams Goss says, "Thanks for trying to take us back to the 50's let me guess your one of those guys who thinks a women's place is at home where she can't cause any trouble like asking for equal rights!! Your recent voting actions are a disgrace to this state and an embarrassment to the women's rights movement."

Tami Boyer has an opposing stance saying, "I support your decision and am grateful for your strength in this matter of abortion."

If Facebook isn't enough of an outlet, some are taking to their web cams.

"Now they've taken it one step further down the road to stupidity because some people don't like abortions."

If you're into humor and puns, you can bet you'll find that online as well. Like this sign or even this one.

It seems some North Dakotans also have their own opinions about the state they call home and how others may perceive them.

Cindy Hatfield, Local Opinion: "I'm sure there are people in the United States that would view the legislation as a good thing."

Steven Zimmerman, Local Opinion: "I would have to say that we're going backwards. We're not a progressive place, that we're not for women's rights."

Katelyn Tallas, Local Opinion: "I think it's pretty ridiculous we're going back to 1912 where women have no rights honestly to me, it's kind of embarrassing to be a part of it."

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