BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota's Senate on Monday approved two anti-abortion bills that would ban the destruction of human embryos and outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Senators voted 30-17 to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that at that point a fetus can feel pain. The measure is a challenge to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
The embryo measure narrowly passed 24-23. The measure's aim is to regulate in vitro fertilization and prohibit intentional destruction of embryos.
The bill also defines a human being as a fertilized egg and requires the state to expand Medicaid coverage to all pregnant women.