Not to be outdone by the Arkansas legislature, which overrode Governor’s Mike Beebe’s veto of a bill banning abortion after 12 weeks, the North Dakota legislature has passed what is now the most restrictive abortion law in the country.
Breathe easy, Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, and South Dakota! North Dakota has got this.
HB 1456 bans abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which happens six or seven weeks into the pregnancy, two weeks after a woman misses her period, and about 28 days post-conception. That’s a ridiculously narrow window. The bill provides an exception for health of the mother, but no exception for rape.
Robin Marty writing for RH Reality Check points out that this law screws North Dakotan women, and not in a good way: