North Dakota ‘Personhood’ Amendment (SCR 4009)
This law was last updated on Apr 22, 2016
SCR 4009 is a legislatively-referred personhood amendment which, if it had been passed by voters in November 2014, would have amended the North Dakota Constitution to state that “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”
This amendment would give constitutional rights to fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. It would ban abortion, birth control pills, IUDs, and emergency contraception. In addition, it would eliminate certain medical choices for women, including some cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization, and might lead to investigation and prosecution of women who miscarry to determine if their own actions caused the death.
SCR 4009 appeared on the ballot on November 4, 2014 ballot. North Dakota voters rejected it.