The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed a bill intended to challenge Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that says that “‘[A]ny organism with the genome of homo sapiens [sic]‘ is a person protected by rights granted by the North Dakota Constitution and state laws.” This includes fertilized ova. Although the sponsor, Republican Dan Ruby claims that the bill does not ban abortions, in practice that is exactly what it will do, regardless of what the intent behind the law is.
Meanwhile, a committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives approved a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions. This is a law in need of a purpose as there is no evidence that sex selective abortions have ever taken place in Oklahoma (hat tip for both).
Regarding the Oklahoma bill, it may have some moral force if women were actually undergoing sex-selective abortions. Since that is not the case, it will either have loopholes that mean the law is meaningless, as a woman could always not tell that she is having an abortion solely because of the sex of the fetus, or it will be draconian and oppressive in enforcement.
Regarding the North Dakota law, Idyllicmollusk has raised questions about it, and I won’t repeat them here. I do offer my own objections and after the jump.
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