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Abortion Bills - What Happens Next


Some of the very controversial abortion bills are now in Governor Jack Dalrymple's hands.

A spokesperson for the Governor says he will review the three abortion related bills carefully.

Donnell Preskey has more on what happens next.

North Dakota lawmakers have passed the strictest abortion laws in the nation.

Monday the bills were hand delivered to the Governor's office.

The fate of those bills now lies with Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Sen. Rich Wardner / (R) Dickinson: "I'm sure he's working on them. He's known about them for some time, I'm sure he knows what he's going to do."

Donnell Preskey: Governor Dalrymple has five days to sign the bills into law or until Thursday to veto them. Even with a veto the bills aren't dead.

Wardner: "The House and Senate can override the Governor's veto with a 2/3 vote in both chambers."

House Bill 1305 prohibits abortion based on gender or genetic abnormalities.

House Bill 1456 prohibits abortions if a heartbeat is detected.

And Senate Bill 2305 says a physician conducting an abortion must have hospital admitting privileges.

Of the other bills that were passed, Senate Concurrent Resolution 4006 is a constitutional measure that if approved by voters will protect every human being in every stage, banning all abortions.

That measure has been delivered to the Secretary of State's office.

Senate Bill 2368 returns to the Senate after the House made changes to the bill.

Sen. David Hogue / (R) Minot: "Relating to restrictions on being able to contract with an entity that as part of their mission recommends, performs or counsel's on abortions."

Wardner says the bills be constitutionally challenged if they are signed.

Making this not only a moral decision but a financial one.

Wardner: "Some things are going to weigh heavy on you. It's not easy being a servant of the people and that's what we are."

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