UPDATE: House lawmakers defeated House Bill 1313.
House Bill 1313 would criminalize all abortions in North Dakota, making the essential health care procedure a Class A felony in all situations except when performed to save the pregnant person's life.
This bill is far reaching, attempting to make it a Class C felony for anyone who “aids, abets, facilitates, solicits, or incites” another person to obtain an abortion." If passed, House Bill 1313 would make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion, but it also makes it a crime for a friend, spouse, or parent to take someone to a clinic or even a receptionist to check someone in for an appointment.
We oppose this bill because it is outrageous, draconian, and out of touch with the real needs of North Dakotans.