FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, expressed profound disappointment in the North Dakota legislature for passing a bill that could effectively ban abortion in the state.
This bill would outlaw abortion as early as six weeks—before many women even know they are pregnant. It would be the earliest abortion ban in the country, and includes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The bill will now go to anti-choice Gov. Jack Dalrymple for consideration.
“In a race to the bottom, these anti-choice politicians won’t be happy until they send the women of North Dakota back to the days of back-alley abortions,” said Hogue. “This cruel bill takes away a woman’s options, in many cases even before she knows she is pregnant—with no exceptions.”
Last week, the Arkansas legislature overrode their governor’s veto to enact a 12-week abortion ban, currently the harshest anti-abortion bill signed into law in the country. It will be surpassed, however, if the North Dakota governor signs this bill into law.
Hogue continued, “American leaders should protect our rights, not strip them away. I am calling on Gov. Dalrymple to veto this egregious anti-abortion law that will endanger the lives of women.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”