BISMARCK, N.D., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in US history, a personhood amendment has passed the North Dakota Senate.
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."
SCR 4009 is the first personhood amendment to ever pass the North Dakota Senate.
The amendment will move next to the House of Representatives, where similar personhood amendments previously passed in 2009 and 2011 but were prevented from being voted upon by undemocratic maneuvers.
"North Dakota is leading the way for equal rights and protections for all human beings," affirmed Jennifer Mason, spokesperson for Personhood USA. "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."
SOURCE Personhood USA