North Dakota Governor Hoeven Signs Pro-Life Bills on Abortion, Ultrasound

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 12, 2009

Fargo, ND (LifeNews.com) — North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven has signed a couple of pro-life bills into law, including one that would allow mothers to see an ultrasound of their unborn child prior to an abortion.

The other measure requires the lone abortion center in the state to tell women considering an abortion that it will destroy the life of an unborn child, a unique human being.

The state House easily approved the ultrasound measure, House Bill 1371, on a strongly bipartisan 77-9 vote in February and the Senate signed off on the bill in April.

The measure is designed to help women learn the humanity of their unborn child and to consider abortion alternatives.

While most abortion businesses do an ultrasound before an abortion is done on a woman and her unborn child, that doesn’t mean the mother will have a chance to see it. Rep. Bette Grande, a Republican sponsoring House Bill 1371, hopes the bill changes that.

Her legislation would offer women a chance to see an ultrasound in the same way she would be able to see an x-ray prior to other medical procedures.

The other measure, HB 1445, is an informed consent bill that requires the abortion practitioner to tell women that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”

North Dakota Right to Life, the North Dakota affiliate of Concerned Women for America and the North Dakota Catholic Conference supported the bills along with the North Dakota Family Alliance.

“We are very proud to share some successes in the sanctity of life legislative arena. And we are very confident these successes will translate into saving unborn lives,” NDFA director Tom Freier told LifeNews.com.

Pro-life advocates say the bills are important because the Red River Women’s Clinic is expected to set a record for the number of abortions it is doing annually.

The abortion center has been doing abortions for just over ten years and did a record 1,358 abortions in 2003 and another 1,238 abortions last year.

ACTION: Contact Governor Hoeven and thank him for signing House Bill 1371 and House Bill 1445 into law. Go to http://www.governor.state.nd.us

Related web sites:
North Dakota Legislature – http://www.legis.nd.gov
North Dakota Right to Life – http://www.ndrl.org

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