North Dakota lawmakers sent their state's Republican governor a pair of anti-abortion bills yesterday, both of which would impose the strictest ban on this practice of any state in the country.
One proposal would make the procedure illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, while the other would prohibiting women from having an abortion because a fetus has a genetic defect, such as Down Syndrome.
While pro-choice advocates say they will protest these measures if they pass, supporters of the bills make it clear that their goal is to challenge the 1973 Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade.
Rep. Bette Grande introduced the bills and said the state's budget never crossed the mind of her or anyone on her side.
"I don't look at it from the financial side of things," Grande told The Associated Press on Friday. "I look at it from the life side of things."
The measures now go into Governor Jack Dalrymple's hands, with The American Civil Liberties Union referring to them as "extreme" and noting that many women don't realize they're even pregnant until after six weeks.
"In America, no woman, no matter where she lives, should be denied the ability to make this deeply personal decision," ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said in a statement.