‘Old Boys’ Prevail in North Dakota Legislature
Social conservatives seems to be having a field day in the North Dakota legislature this season. Here are three examples of what we're talking about...
UPDATE: The State Senate Monday voted to defeat the measure to rescind the ERA by a 24 - 23 vote. In addition, the House agreed to pass the parental Rights Bill without the controversial amendment.
PARENTAL RIGHTS BILL: An amended parental-rights bill pending in the State House is drawing fire.
NBC/North Dakota news says the bill now has an amendment to forbid the stripping of parental rights from a convicted rapist.
The sponsor of the original bill opposes the amendment and says it sends the wrong message.
ABORTION BILL: the Senate Friday endorsed legislation to would ban the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions.
NBC/North Dakota News says senators voted to approve the bill Friday to outlaw the procedure known as dilation and evacuation. The bill uses the (non-medical) term “dismemberment abortion” to describe the procedure.
Gov. Burgum has not indicated whether he would sign the measure.
ERA ROLLBACK: the legislature is looking at a measure to nullify the state's 1975 support of the Equal Rights Amendment.
KXMB reports the resolution sponsored by seven Republican lawmakers - all male - says "Congress' deadline for ratification of the gender-equality amendment passed 40 years ago and is no longer valid."