BISMARK, ND, March 22, 2013 ( – Today, the North Dakota House of Representatives has passed the first personhood amendment in the United States, 57-35. The amendment will now be referred to the people of North Dakota for a vote.

This is the first time in United States history that a legislative body has approved a personhood amendment in both the House and the Senate.

SCR 4009 states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”

Every major pro-life organization in North Dakota has joined forces to defend and endorse SCR 4009, including North Dakota Family Alliance, North Dakota Right to Life, Concerned Women for America North Dakota, North Dakota Life League, North Dakota Catholic Conference, and Personhood North Dakota.

The North Dakota House is also voting on a personhood bill today, as opposed to an amendment. Keith Mason of Personhood USA told that the bill is the “most contested” piece of legislation on the legislature.

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The personhood amendment, SCR 4009, was written as to ensure that mother and baby are both treated as medical patients, that legitimate medical care is not inhibited, and that fertility treatments are not banned.

“The North Dakota legislature has taken historic strides to protect every human being in the state, paving the way for human rights nationwide,” affirmed Keith Mason, president of Personhood USA.

“This amendment strikes the balance of accomplishing more for the unborn than any other amendment the nation has ever seen, while protecting pregnant women and their right to true medical care. We applaud the North Dakota House and Senate for their willingness to protect all of the people in their state.”

Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA, continued: “The North Dakota personhood amendment takes the pro-life plank of the GOP platform and puts it into practice. Furthermore, it allows the legislature the needed flexibility to implement the specific protections of the right to life through future legislation.”