Members of the North Dakota House of Representatives on Friday passed an amendment granting legal right to embryos from the time of fertilization, a measure that could ban all abortions in the state.
The vote, 57 to 35, comes on the heels of its passage in the Senate. It's the first state "personhood" amendment passed by a legislature in the United States.
The measure recognizes “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”
If it's signed by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, it will fall to state voters—potentially in 2014—to decide whether to amend their state constitution to include the measure.Read More »from North Dakota comes closer to ‘personhood’ amendment outlawing abortion