The week started out with ENTHUSIASM. WE Rise was a grand success with about 200 people lobbying for issues they care about. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped pull it together!
Yesterday the Senate passed two bills restricting abortion. The passage is especially extreme as it bans abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected. There is absolutely no exemptions for rape, incest, health of the mother, or fetal viability. Senator Triplett sat out of the vote in protest. Here is the roll call vote:
The question being on the final passage of the bill, which includes Division B and Division A, which have been read, the roll was called and there were 27 YEAS, 15 NAYS, 0 EXCUSED, 5 ABSENT AND NOT VOTING.
Armstrong; Berry; Bowman; Burckhard; Campbell; Carlisle; Cook; Dever; Dotzenrod; Erbele; Hogue; Kilzer; Klein; Laffen; Larsen; Lee, G.; Luick; Mathern; Miller; O'Connell; Poolman; Schaible; Sitte; Sorvaag; Unruh; Wanzek; Wardner
Anderson; Axness; Grabinger; Grindberg; Heckaman; Krebsbach; Lee, J.; Lyson; Marcellais; Murphy; Nelson; Oehlke; Schneider; Sinner; Warner
ABSENT AND NOT VOTING:
Andrist; Flakoll; Holmberg; Robinson; Triplett
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HB 1305 passed.
SEN. ANDRIST REQUESTED
that the record reflect he intended to vote YEA on HB 1305,
which request was granted.
SECOND READING OF HOUSE BILL
A BILL for an Act to create and enact two new sections to chapter 14-02.1 and a new subsection to section 43-17-31 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to limitations on abortion after determination of detectable heartbeat in an unborn child and to grounds for disciplinary action for physicians; and to provide a penalty.
The question being on the final passage of the bill, which has been read, and has committee recommendation of DO PASS, the roll was called and there were 26 YEAS, 17 NAYS, 0 EXCUSED, 4 ABSENT AND NOT VOTING.
Andrist; Armstrong; Berry; Bowman; Burckhard; Campbell; Carlisle; Cook; Dever; Erbele; Hogue; Kilzer; Klein; Laffen; Larsen; Lee, G.; Luick; Miller; O'Connell; Poolman; Schaible; Sitte; Sorvaag; Unruh; Wanzek; Wardner
NAYS: Anderson; Axness; Dotzenrod; Grabinger; Grindberg; Heckaman; Krebsbach; Lee, J.; Lyson; Marcellais; Mathern; Murphy; Nelson; Oehlke; Schneider; Sinner; Warner
ABSENT AND NOT VOTING:
Flakoll; Holmberg; Robinson; Triplett
Engrossed HB 1456 passed.
I’m providing a few links lower in this message of ways you can help in the next steps. Most importantly, call the Governor to get a veto: 701.328.2200.
There are still 4 bills in the House waiting a recommendation from the House Human Services committee, including two personhood bills: 2303 and 4009. Contact your representative to push for a no vote on all bills: 2305 (this is an attempt to regulate the clinic out of business), 2368 (20 week ban, regardless of fetal viability), 2303 and 4009 (personhood).
I’ll be watching the committee closely and alert everyone when a recommendation is made.
Click here for the tracking grid for all bills of interest. A few hearings of interest this week:
Right now, immediately, you need to contact the Governor and demand a veto on 1456.
Office of Governor
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0100
Can you volunteer about 30 minutes to make calls to others to call the Governor?
In reaction to this week's events in the North Dakota legislature, we are taking action and urging you and your fellow constituents to get in contact with the Representatives serving on the Human Services committee. If you can give even 30 minutes of your time in the next few days to make a few calls, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. All you need is a phone and an internet connection. You can make the calls from wherever you are comfortable!
Attend a rally in either Grand Forks, Fargo or Bismarck on March 25th: https://www.facebook.com/StandUpforWomenND