Even These Republican Women Lawmakers Think ND Went Too Far

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North Dakota won our Anti-Choice March Madness tournament, but apparently the state’s anti-abortion laws have gone too far for even some Republican lawmakers.

Laura Bassett reports at Huffington Post that several Republican women lawmakers plan to attend a rally next week protesting the state’s latest abortion law, which will make it the most restrictive state in the country:

“It’s to say, hey, this isn’t okay. We have stepped over the line,” said state Rep. Kathy Hawken (R-Fargo) in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. “One of the key tenets of the Republican Party is personal responsibility. I’m personally pro-life, but I vote pro-choice, because you can’t make that decision for anyone else. You just can’t.”

Now would be a good time to raise that point to fellow Republican lawmakers, who are currently considering two even more restrictive fetal “personhood” measures as well.

  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.

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