BISMARCK, ND, February 7, 2013, ( – North Dakota may be on the verge of becoming the first state in the union that protects human beings from the moment of conception after the Senate passed the state’s personhood amendment.

Similar personhood amendments passed the House of Representatives in 2009 and 2011 but died in the Senate. This is the first time the legislation earned the support of the Senate. The bill will now go to the House for a vote.

Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA, told in a telephone interview that she believes the legislation has a very good chance of passing the House and being signed by the governor.

“We just need the North Dakota House of Representatives to stay strong and vote as they did before,” she said, “and we’ll see this pass for the first time in the United States.”


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

In addition, the Senate has approved SB 2303 which “ensures that the protection that our criminal laws afford to victims of crimes extends to all human beings born and unborn. 

“North Dakota is leading the way for equal rights and protections for all human beings,” said Mason. 

“After the struggles to pass life-affirming amendments in the Senate in the past four years, we are very pleased that the North Dakota Senate has chosen to protect all living human beings. This is a historic day in North Dakota.”

SCR 4009 and SB 2303 were both written as to ensure that mother and baby are both treated as medical patients, that medical care is not inhibited, and that fertility treatments are not banned.

“Abortion laws are archaic, based on 40-year-old science and technology,” added Mason. 

“Our understanding of pregnancy and human development since Roe v Wade has changed dramatically. There is no question now that the unborn child is a human being and a person, who has a right to legal recognition and protection.”