North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban abortions there, with few exceptions, after a fetal heartbeat can be detected -- after about six weeks. The ban would one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation.
Politico: North Dakota Passes Restrictive Abortion Law
The North Dakota Legislature has approved a bill that would ban abortions at approximately six weeks. That would be the earliest abortion ban in the nation and likely set up a clash with the Supreme Court's long-established Roe v. Wade precedent. The bill, passed by the state Senate on Friday after passage in the House last month, is one of a half-dozen strict anti-abortion bills the Legislature is considering this session. It would ban most abortions after a heartbeat is detected -- which is typically six weeks to seven weeks into a pregnancy -- with an exception for the health or the life of the mother (Smith, 3/18).
Reuters: North Dakota Senate Approves 'Heartbeat' Abortion Ban
The North Dakota Senate approved what would be the most restrictive abortion law in the United States on Friday, a measure banning the procedure in most cases once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks. Senators also approved a second bill on Friday that bans abortions based solely on genetic abnormalities, the first state ban of its kind if signed into law (Thompson, 3/15).
In San Francisco, a city leader wants to expand the "bubble" around abortion clinics from anti-abortion protesters --