Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/20/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'Personhood' measures ban abortions by defining human life beginning with conception

North Dakota lawmakers are considering banning all abortions within the state. This latest move is in reaction to "personhood" measures, which have gained traction within the state. "Personhood" defines life as beginning at conception. Two such measures were passed there last month.

'Personhood' defines life as beginning at conception. Two such measures were passed there last month.

"Personhood" defines life as beginning at conception. Two such measures were passed there last month.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/20/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Personhood, North Dakota, abortion, in vitro fertilization


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Personhood measure have been drawing opposition from some doctors. They claim it causes problems for infertile couples seeking to use in vitro fertilization to conceive. Personhood supporters insist that those issues are already addressed in the legislation.

Fargo infertility specialist Dr. Stephanie Dahl says that the personhood measures could ban in vitro fertilization and force doctors to leave the state rather than face health care restrictions or possible criminal penalties.

In vitro fertilization, or IVF, involves mixing egg and sperm in a laboratory dish and transferring resulting embryos into the womb.

"This is something that would affect the patient and doctor relationship," Dahl said at a news conference. "That's somewhere we want to keep the government out of."

One of the key players in the anti-abortion campaign, state Sen. Margaret Sitte, a Republican from Bismarck, said she was "floored" by the assertions about limitations on in vitro fertilization. She said the proposals allow exceptions for the "screening, collecting, preparing, transferring, or cryo-preserving a human being created through in vitro fertilization for the purpose of being transferred to a human uterus." Sitte said that clause was crafted with Dahl's help.

One such medico, Dr. Steffen Christensen, who founded an in vitro fertilization clinic in Fargo 19 years ago, says he can't put himself or his workers at risk of legal action.

"The concern is that this is criminal negligence if anything should happen to an embryo," he said.

An attorney for Personhood USA, Gualberto Garcia Jones, noted that two doctors in the Senate - Fargo Republican Spencer Berry and Bismarck Republican Ralph Kilzer - voted for the proposals. "Clearly they would not vote to criminalize themselves," Jones said in a phone interview.

Opponents also say that the North Dakota Medical Association is against the bill and a group of 26 students from the University of North Dakota medical school signed a letter to the state Senate against it.

North Dakota is one of several states with Republican-controlled Legislatures and GOP governors. The state has gone much further than any other in challenging the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

The Legislature sent Gov. Jack Dalrymple last week two of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. One bans abortions as early as six weeks in a pregnancy, on the basis of genetic defects such as Down syndrome. Abortion-rights activists have vowed to fight the measures in court.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Houston: First Amendment Does not apply to Christian ministers? Interview with Keith Fournier Watch

Image of As at the tower of Babel, the confusion spreads until no progress is possible.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Houston officials fired a shot across the bow of Christian ministers, pastors and priests who they think may be encouraging their congregations to oppose the city's controversial "bathroom bill." The request is chilling and violates the First Amendment, but it also ... continue reading


167,000 convicted criminal immigrants walk free within the United States Watch

Image of Deportations from the interior of the United States declined 34 percent this year from last.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With both Islamic State and Ebola posing an imminent threat to the United States through people entering the country illegally, it's distressing to note just how lax the nation's deportation laws have become. According to Breitbart, there remain nearly 167,000 ... continue reading


Obama is advancing 'brutal program' of forced abortions in China, lawmaker says Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama and his administration are not only ignoring China's totalitarian edict of "one family, one child" policy but are advancing the "brutal program." That's the words of Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J., who) spoke at the Heritage ... continue reading


Four Kurdish terrorists slipped across Obama's open Mexican border, Homeland Security chief admits Watch

Image of Four members the Kurdistan Workers' Party, known as the PKK, were arrested in September trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The bad news: Four known Kurdish terrorists crossed into the United States. This has been confirmed by Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. The good news: Johnson says that the four were not affiliated with Islamic States. Which is good news, of a sort. ... continue reading


Evangelical tells faithful not to vote for politicians who support homosexual marriage, abortion Watch

Image of An outspoken evangelical, Pastor Jim Garlow played a major role in organizing Christian groups in support of California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church in California stood before his congregation of more than 2,000 and warned his audience against voting for a candidate in who supports gay marriage and abortion. This includes candidates who are republican, including Carl ... continue reading


Obama aides knew more than they let on in 2012 Colombian prostitution scandal Watch

Image of White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Wednesday that President Obama and his advisers did not interfere with the inspector general's investigation.

By Catholic Online - (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Obama aides were given information that suggested that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member. The 2012 incident was quickly swept under the rug - but more details have since come to light. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


One in five Americans now on food stamps Watch

Image of For more than two years, the number of Americans receiving food stamps has remained above 46 million.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

More than a sixth of all Americans are on food stamps for the 35 straight month in a row, data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since September of 2011 through July 2014, more than 46 million Americans have ... continue reading


Report reveals Federal drones are already engaged in domestic surveillance Watch

Image of More spying, on you, by your government.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has logged nearly 2,000 hours of drone flights over the continental U.S. on operations unrelated to immigration enforcement since 2011. This means the DHS is spying on Americans with drones, although they are not reporting ... continue reading


Fifth circuit court defends the rights and sanctity of life in Texas! Watch

Image of Governor Rick Perry signed in a law to protect the lives of those who couldn't protect themselves back in July 2013.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The incredible Texas law that shut down nearly all abortion clinics in that state will go into full effect after an October 2 decision by the fifth U.S. circuit court of appeals. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The fifth U.S. circuit court stayed a federal ... continue reading


'No force on Earth can stop us,' President Obama says to immigration activists Watch

Image of The president's speech was heckled at least twice - indicating that the president's strong support among Hispanics may be slipping.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Speaking at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual gala, U.S. President Barack Obama had a message to immigration activists in Washington, D.C.: "no force on earth can stop us." The president's speech was heckled at least twice - indicating that ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
1 Thus says Yahweh to his anointed one, to Cyrus ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 22:15-21
15 Then the Pharisees went away to work out between ... Read More

Reading 2, First Thessalonians 1:1-5
1 Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 19th, 2014 Image

Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil
October 19: In 1642 the Huron country was in great distress. Harvests were ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter