On top of North Dakota having only one abortion clinic and being rated the worst state in the country for women, the State Senate passed two bills on Thursday that will make it even more difficult for women in the state to have access to abortion services.
The passage of the Personhood Constitutional Amendment initiative on Thursday amends the state’s constitution to give legal rights and protections to human embryos. Should the ballot initiative pass the House, it will go to the hands of North Dakota voters in the 2014 elections.
Continuing this brand of extremism, the Senate also passed a bill on Thursday that could shut down the state’s only abortion clinic by requiring abortion doctors to have “admitting privileges” at a local hospital.
The State Senate rejected a second personhood bill introduced by Sen. Margaret Sitte (the sponsor of the initiative) that would have made it difficult for women to utilize in-vitro fertilization, prohibiting doctors from disposing of unused embryos after a treatment cycle. Had it passed, it would have forced families to pay hundreds of dollars each year to keep the embryos frozen indefinitely.