North Dakota Takes a Stand for LIFE

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North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed a bill into law which effectively outlaws abortions on babies if a fetal heartbeat can be heard by ultrasound, which is typically around 6 weeks into a pregnancy. This new law becomes the most protective law in our country.

The law also bans abortions arising from indications of genetic defects; and requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Many doctors provide abortions with no admitting privileges. In such cases if follow-up treatment is needed at a hospital, the doctor that did the abortion procedure cannot properly treat or follow up with the patient. Earlier this month Arkansas passed a similar law providing a 12-week ban on abortions.

Read: The governor's statement

There are currently 425 state bills related to abortion, 209 of them would limit abortions. In 23 states, Republican governors preside over legislatures where both chambers are controlled by the GOP.

Stay tuned to as we watch for challenges to these laws and news of additional legislation draws near.