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Majority of Fargo-area representatives support abortion language bill as North Dakota House OKs challenge to Roe v. Wade

BISMARCK - The North Dakota House has voted to declare that human life begins at fertilization, setting up a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.

The vote was 51-41 on House Bill 1572 and now goes to the Senate.

The bill declares that human life begins at fer-tilization.

A majority of Cass County House members supported an anti-abortion bill today that sets up a challenge for Roe v. Wade.

Eleven Cass County representatives favored House Bill 1572 bill, six opposed it and one was absent.

The following voted in favor of the bill:

- Wes Belter, R-Leonard

- Rick Berg, R-Fargo

- Randy Boehning, R-Fargo

- Al Carlson, R-Fargo

- Don Clark, R-Fargo

- Bette Grande, R-Fargo

- Jim Kasper, R-Fargo

- Scot Kelsh, D-Fargo

- Kim Koppelman, R-West Fargo

- Blair Thoreson, R-Fargo

- Alon Wieland, R-West Fargo

The following voted against the bill:

- Ed Gruchalla, D-Fargo

- Kathy Hawken, R-Fargo

- Lee Myxter, D-Fargo

- Vonnie Pietsch, R-Casselton

- Jasper Schneider, D-Fargo

- Steve Zaiser, D-Fargo

Not casting a vote was Mary Ekstrom, D-Fargo, who was absent.