North Dakota first state to officially ban all abortions.
The personhood ban will have far-reaching consequences even beyond abortion care, since it will charge doctors who damage embryos with criminal negligence. Doctors in the state say it will also prevent them from performing in vitro fertilization, and some medical professionals have vowed to leave the state if it is signed into law.
The measure is so extreme that some pro-life Republicans in the state have come out against it, planning to join a pro-choice rally in the state capital on Monday to oppose the far-right abortion restriction. â€śWe have stepped over the line,â€ť Republican state Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) said of the recent push to pass personhood. â€śNorth Dakota hasnâ€™t even passed a primary seatbelt law, but we have the most invasive attack on womenâ€™s health anywhere.â€ť
Personhood advocates have pushed their agenda in states throughout the country over the past several years, but their measures have so far been unable to advance. North Dakota is the first state to pass a personhood abortion ban."