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North Dakota Measure 3

On June 12, 2012, North Dakotans defeated Measure 3.

NARAL Pro-Choice America worked with North Dakotans Against Measure Three and other coalition partners to defeat this dangerous measure.

Measure 3 was officially called the "Religious Liberties Restoration Amendment"—but voters weren't fooled. It wasn't really about religious liberty. Our religious liberty is already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Measure 3 was so broad that it could have allowed anybody to do (or refuse to do) just about anything as long as they claimed to be motivated by a "sincerely held religious belief." The language in this law was too broad and confusing. It had so many loopholes that it could have opened the door for serious and even harmful unintended consequences for all North Dakotans.

For example, bosses could have used their religious beliefs to discriminate against their female employees.

If Measure 3 passed, health-care providers could have refused to provide prenatal care to an unmarried woman.

A man could have claimed domestic-violence laws don't apply to him because his religion tells him he has the right to discipline his wife and children as he sees fit.

Measure 3 was a far-reaching and dangerous measure.

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