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Saturday, April 23, 2011

North Dakota legislature approved conditional abortion ban
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On April 23, 2007, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed legislation prohibiting abortion in the state if the US Supreme Court ever overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision striking down state bans on abortion. The measure passed the state House 68-24 and the Senate 29-16. The bill would subject anyone performing an abortion to a prison sentence of up to 5 years, a $5,000 fine, or possibly both. An exception would be made in cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother was in danger. North Dakota was the second state to pass this type of abortion law, Mississippi approved a similar measure the month before.

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