Next week is a VERY big week for North Dakota women. Our lobby day is occurring Monday (you still have time to get in on that) where well over 150 women will descend on the capitol to learn about the process and show our strength in numbers. Get more information at www.standupnd.org.
Additionally, the week is HEAVY with bills of interest to NDWN. You can click here for the tracking grid. Here is the hearing list for Monday, March 11th. Of particular interest is the hearing scheduled for 1422 – the child care stabilization act. We need pressure the Senate Human Services committee to reject the ratio changes made in the house and restore funding.
All bills restricting women’s reproductive health are up for hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also on Wednesday is the hearing on Medicaid Expansion.
More on each of the bills:
North Dakota legislators are considering an extreme and dangerous package of bills which could ban abortion-with no exceptions for rape and incest, close women's health care centers, and limit In Vitro Fertilization care in our state.
SCR 4009 and SB 2303- ‘Personhood’
Restricting Access to Reproductive Health Care
SB 2305 is a TRAP, targeted regulation of abortion providers, bill and could ban abortion in North Dakota. Based on an identical law in Mississippi, it is clearly intended to regulate abortion out of existence in North Dakota by imposing medically unjustified requirements that any physician providing an abortion be a board-certified or eligible OB/GYN with admitting privileges in a local hospital.
HB1456 This bill would ban almost all abortions with no regard for women's individual circumstances (no exceptions). It states that if a fetal heartbeat is detectable no abortion can be preformed.
HB 1305 This bill prohibits a physician from performing an abortion under the threat of criminal penalties if he or she believes that the patient is making a decision based on sex or based on a diagnosis of a genetic abnormality.
SB 2368 A 20 week abortion ban. Contains a limited exception for the life of the mother but imposes severe criminal and civil penalties on physicians for providing women with abortions necessary to preserve their health.