This was an attempt to declare human embryos and fetuses to be persons.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, had brought national attention to the state. Ruby and supporters said it would give the state standing to attack the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.
The bill said that for the purposes of the North Dakota constitution and all its laws, a person or human being “includes any organism with the genome of homo sapiens.”
The House passed the bill in February on a 51-41 vote.
Two other abortion related bills, which had already passed the North Dakota House, were approved.
House Bill 1445 requires abortion providers to inform the woman that the procedure would destroy the life of a unique human being. It passed on a 34-11 vote.
House Bill 1371 requires abortion providers to tell the woman that she has the right to see an ultrasound image of the fetus before the procedure. Senators passed it on a 44-1 vote.