While the Economy Lies in Peril Conservatives Spend Time Undermining a Woman’s Right to Abortion

From the NY Times:

FARGO, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota approved the nation’s toughest abortion restrictions on Tuesday, signing into law a measure that would ban nearly all abortions and inviting a legal showdown over just how much states can limit access to the procedure.

[...] The most far-reaching law forbids abortion once a fetal heartbeat is “detectable,” which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Fetal heartbeats are detectable at that stage of pregnancy using a transvaginal ultrasound.

Most legal scholars have said the law would violate the Supreme Court’s finding in Roe v. Wade that abortions were permitted until the fetus was viable outside the womb, generally around 24 weeks. Even some leaders of the anti-abortion movement nationally have predicted that laws banning abortion so early in pregnancy are virtually certain to be declared unconstitutional by federal courts.

Bear in mind that after 24 weeks it is up to states to decide whether abortions are permitted or not.

“Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade,” Mr. Dalrymple said in a statement. The Supreme Court, he added, “has never considered this precise restriction” in the heartbeat bill.

“I think there’s a lot of frustration in the pro-life movement,” said Paul B. Linton, a constitutional lawyer in Illinois who was formerly general counsel of Americans United for Life. “Forty years after Roe v. Wade was decided, it’s still the law of the land.

The law also would ban sex-selective abortions and abortions based on genetic defects, such as Down Syndrome.

  • Peter Fisherman

    In the face of losing a battle, what soldier would idly sit back and watch his injured comrade bleed to death? I think only the coward. Prolifers, not those who call themselves Abortion-prolifers, who out of a construed purpose use the term to confuse the innocent, but those prolifers who witness to God’s Truth that all men are made in the image and likeness of God, knowing that life is an inalienable right, those prolifers who seek to protect the Unborn person, under the protection of the Constitution of the United States, which states All men are created equal, not those pro aborts who refuse to listen to science, but those prolifers who inspite of the losing battle of the economy, run to the rescue their brothers, only those prolifers will be remembered as the few, the proud, the brave. Only after those few, proud, and the brave receive their red stripes again for all created human life, will they live in the land of the free once more. March on Prolifers, march on to protect the lives of the unborn, for no king has the right to kill the innocent, no king!