Costly Legal Impact
The stated intent of the personhood laws is to challenge Roe v Wade but such a challenge would be unsuccessful.In October 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a 'personhood' case, leaving in place a lower court’s decision that found that a personhood measure in Oklahoma would violate the Constitution.
If North Dakota is the first state to pass a personhood law, it will likely result in costly litigation. Let's not waste millions of taxpayer dollars to defend an extreme law that has already been found unconstitutional. The state already faces high costs to defend the other extreme abortions laws signed by the governor.
A personhood law prompts questions about all laws referring to a person, resulting in costly reviews and changes. For example, do we start issuing conception certificates instead of birth certificates in North Dakota as the new legal document for each person?
Law Enforcement Costs:
With a personhood law in place, law enforcement could be required to protect life at any stage of development. The investigation, prosecution and defense of crimes against any person, even embryos, will cost taxpayers money and clog up courts even further.