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House Bill 1370, also known as the Mammography bill, requires physicians, healthcare providers or any other facilities that use mammography equipment to disclose to patients whether or not they have dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal, however having dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram. Further, breast density is one of the strongest predictors of the failure of a mammography screening to detect cancer. This bill has no fiscal note (costs the state nothing) and 21 states currently have notification laws in effect.
HB 1370 was first introduced in the House as a bipartisan piece of legislation and has only female sponsors. Initially, the bill received a Do Not Pass in the House Human Services Committee, but following a strong, grassroots push back was reconsidered and given a 12-0 Do Pass recommendation. It then went on to pass the North Dakota House overwhelmingly with an 85-8 vote.
After Crossover, the bill moved to Senate Human Services and was given a 4-2 Do Not Pass recommendation (not yet posted online). Initially the bill was rumored to hit the Senate floor March 5th or 6th, however that same grassroots movement and activists are pushing back hard and are again attempting to get the bill reconsidered. Bill sponsors and women's health advocates Representative Pam Anderson, D-Fargo and Representative Kathy Hawken, R-Fargo are working hard to get this passed and will host a press conference Monday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Brynhild Haugland Room to bring even more attention to this issue. Watch for this action early next week.
You can hear directly from Representatives Pam Anderson and Kathy Hawken on our Saturday morning, March 7th videoconference at 9am.
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