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Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 4009:  on the ballot

 

A personhood measure that, if approved at the ballot, would add a new section to the North Dakota Constitution that says, "The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected."

 

 

Impact:

There is no effort to balance the rights of an embryo with the rights of a woman - so a woman's life and health are not protected.

 

This would impact birth control access, infertility services, pregnancy care, end-of-life care, and all abortion services. Here is a list of all the dangerous consequences.

 

 

Status:

Passed by the Senate on 2/7/2013 with a vote of 26-21. Passed by the House on 3/22/13 with a vote of 57-35.

 

Will be on the ballot in November 2014.

 

Full text of the amendment

 

Senate Bill (SB) 2303:  dead

 

A stand-alone personhood bill relating to the definition of a human being and the application to certain medical procedures.

 

 

Impact:

Would have restricted treatment for life-threatening ectopic pregnancies and incomplete miscarriages, banned abortion without exceptions for rape and incest victims or consideration for the health of the mother, and limited specific IVF procedures.

 

 

Status:

Passed by the Senate on 2/7/2013 with a vote of 25-22. Referred to appropriations because of the expense associated with an amendment. Amended bill passed by the Senate on 2/18/2013 with a vote of 24-23. Defeated in the House on 3/22/13 with a vote of 43 yeas and 49 nays and 2 absent. It will go no further.

 

Full text of the bill

 

 

 

Senate Bill (SB) 2302: dead

 

A standalone personhood bill described as an 'ethical treatment of embryos' bill.

 

Impact: Would have limited specific IVF procedures. Would have banned a couple from discarding their embryos once they are done building a family - forcing them to pay to store them forever or donate them. 

 

Status: Defeated in the Senate on 2/7/2013 with a 18-29 vote so it will go no further.

 

Full text of the bill

 

 

Past Personhood Bills in ND

 

Before 2013, personhood legislation was proposed three times in the ND Legislative Assembly, coming closer to becoming law each time. 

 

2007:  SB 2400

  • Tabled in the Senate.

2009:  HB 1572

  • Passed House 51-41.
  • Failed Senate 16-29.

2011:  HB 1450

  • Passed House 68-25.
  • Tabled in Senate. Vote to reconsider fails with 26 yeas, 21 Nays.

     


ROLL CALL VOTES ON PERSONHOOD LEGISLATION

 

 

Senate Roll Call Votes from Feb. 7, 2013:

 

(Below the graphic:  Senate roll call vote on SB 2303 from 2/18/2013 and House roll call votes on SB 2303 and SCR 4009 from 3/22/13)

 

  

 

Senate Roll Call Vote on 2/18/2013 

 

Amended version of SB 2303 - passed with a vote of 24 yeas and 23 nays

 

SB 2303: A BILL for an Act to create and enact a new section to chapter 12.1-17 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the application of sections in chapter 12.1-17 to certain medical procedures; to amend and reenact sections 12.1-01-04 and 12.1-16-06 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of human being and the application of sections in chapter 12.1-16 to certain medical procedures; and to provide directives to the department of human services regarding medicaid and other coverage for pregnant women.

 

The question being on the final passage of the amended bill, which has been read, and is PLACED ON THE CALENDAR WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION, the roll was called and there were 24 YEAS, 23 NAYS, 0 EXCUSED, 0 ABSENT AND NOT VOTING.

 

YEAS: Andrist; Berry; Bowman; Burckhard; Campbell; Carlisle; Cook; Dever; Erbele; Hogue; Kilzer; Klein; Laffen; Larsen; Lee, G.; Luick; Mathern; Miller; Schaible; Sitte; Sorvaag; Unruh; Wanzek; Wardner

 

NAYS: Anderson; Armstrong; Axness; Dotzenrod; Flakoll; Grabinger; Grindberg; Heckaman; Holmberg; Krebsbach; Lee, J.; Lyson; Marcellais; Murphy; Nelson; O'Connell; Oehlke; Poolman; Robinson; Schneider; Sinner; Triplett; Warner

 

Reengrossed SB 2303 passed.

 

House - Roll Call Votes on on 3/22/13

 

 

SB 2303 - Failed 43-49

 

The question being on the final passage of the amended bill, which includes Division A and Division B, which have been read, the roll was called and there were 43 YEAS, 49 NAYS,0 EXCUSED, 2 ABSENT AND NOT VOTING.

 

YEAS:

 

Bellew; Belter; Brabandt; Brandenburg; Carlson; Damschen; Delzer; Dosch; Drovdal; Frantsvog; Grande; Heller; Hofstad; Johnson, D.; Karls; Kasper; Kempenich; Kiefert; Klein; Koppelman, B.; Koppelman, K.; Kretschmar; Laning; Larson; Looysen; Louser; Meier; Monson; Paur; Porter; Rohr; Ruby; Rust; Schatz; Silbernagel; Skarphol; Steiner; Streyle; Thoreson; Toman; Trottier; Vigesaa; Wieland

 

NAYS:

 

Amerman; Anderson; Beadle; Becker; Boe; Boehning; Boschee; Delmore; Dockter; Fehr; Froseth; Glassheim; Gruchalla; Guggisberg; Haak; Hanson; Hatlestad; Heilman; Hogan; Holman; Hunskor; Johnson, N.; Keiser; Kelsh, J.; Kelsh, S.; Klemin; Kreidt; Kreun; Maragos; Martinson; Mock; Mooney; Muscha; Nathe; Nelson, J.; Nelson, M.; Onstad; Oversen; Owens; Pollert; Sanford; Schmidt; Strinden; Sukut; Wall; Weisz; Williams; Zaiser; Speaker Devlin

 

ABSENT AND NOT VOTING:

 

Hawken; Headland

 

Reengrossed SB 2303, as amended, failed.

 

 

SCR 4009 - Passed 57-35 

 

The question being on the final adoption of the resolution, which has been read, and has committee recommendation of DO PASS. The roll was called and there were 57 YEAS, 35 NAYS, 0 EXCUSED, 2 ABSENT AND NOT VOTING.

 

YEAS:

 

Bellew; Belter; Boe; Boehning; Brabandt; Brandenburg; Carlson; Damschen; Delzer; Dockter; Dosch; Drovdal; Fehr; Frantsvog; Grande; Heilman; Heller; Hofstad; Johnson, D.; Karls; Kasper; Kempenich; Kiefert; Klein; Koppelman, B.; Koppelman, K.; Kreidt; Kretschmar; Laning; Larson; Looysen; Louser; Meier; Nathe; Nelson, M.; Owens; Paur; Pollert; Porter; Rohr; Ruby; Rust; Schatz; Schmidt; Silbernagel; Skarphol; Steiner; Streyle; Thoreson; Toman; Trottier; Vigesaa; Wall; Weisz; Wieland; Williams; Speaker Devlin

 

NAYS:

 

Amerman; Anderson; Beadle; Becker; Boschee; Delmore; Froseth; Glassheim; Gruchalla; Guggisberg; Haak; Hanson; Hatlestad; Hogan; Holman; Hunskor; Johnson, N.; Keiser; Kelsh, J.; Kelsh, S.; Klemin; Kreun; Maragos; Martinson; Mock; Monson; Mooney; Muscha; Nelson, J.; Onstad; Oversen; Sanford; Strinden; Sukut; Zaiser

 

ABSENT AND NOT VOTING:

 

Hawken; Headland

 

Engrossed SCR 4009 was declared adopted on a recorded roll call vote.