Judge blocks fetal heartbeat abortion ban

Provisions on gender, abnormality left in place

Proponents are hoping to win at the ballot box and — as North Dakota state Sen. Margaret Sitte said — become “a direct challenge” to Roe v. Wade. The amendment should ensure that mother and unborn baby “are both treated as medical patients, that medical care is not inhibited, and that fertility treatments are not banned,” Personhood USA said.

Opponents of the amendment say that it would criminalize miscarriages, interfere with infertility treatments, and force a single religious view — that life begins at conception — on everyone.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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