March 22, 2013

For Immediate Release

North Dakota Passes Most Extreme Anti-Abortion Law In The Country: Becomes First State To Pass Unconstitutional “Fetal Personhood” Amendment, Would Ban All Abortions Without Exception

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Dakota lawmakers passed a “fetal personhood” amendment which gives fertilized eggs the legal rights of United States citizens and outlaws all abortions. The law will go to the voters for consideration in November of 2014.

“I am outraged that North Dakota women’s rights and personal health are under attack by extreme politicians. Not only is the Personhood bill extraordinarily dangerous, it’s unconstitutional,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “I know that when this unacceptable amendment reaches the voters in North Dakota, they will let extremist politicians know once and for all that women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions.”

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. 

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