North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple Apologizes for Accidentally Banning Abortions

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is "really sorry" about passing into law a measure that would ban most abortions.In a turn of events that shocked pro-choice and anti-abortion activists all over the nation, Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota announced he does not approve of a fetal personhood amendment, which would ban almost all abortions in the state. In his own words:

When I signed the measure into law I was pretty confused. I thought I was signing a law that allowed people in North Dakota to own calico kittens. I’m really sorry about that, but I’m not sure why anyone would think I wanted to control women by telling them they can’t make decisions about their own bodies. That would be totally rude.

The measure was signed into law by the governor on Tuesday, and North Dakota senators initially praised Dalrymple’s decision. But are now not entirely sure how to react. Said State Rep. Bette Grande said,

He had to sign three different anti-abortion bills, so I can’t understand how he didn’t realize they weren’t about cats. The calico cat stickers we put next to the lines he needed to sign probably didn’t help. I guess that explains why he signed the bills in less than 24 hours.

Despite Dalrymple’s apology, the measure has passed into law, and next year a referendum on personhood will appear on state ballots. Since both Kansas and Ohio are currently considering similar personhood measures, Dalrymple warns other governors not to make the same mistake he made.

“Don’t accidentally create any laws that take away women’s rights,” Dalrymple said in a prepared statement to the governors of Ohio and Kansas. “Trust me, a lot of people will be mad at you.”

Ms. regrets that this post is only an April Fools’ joke. Photo of Gov. Jack Dalrymple by Jacob Wieber, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


  1. Janice Hobbs says:

    Even if it is April Fool’s Day, this is inappropriate – and I am sure my family and friends back in North Dakota would agree. Media outlets should maintain their integrity at all times, in my humble opinion. I’ve lost some respect for Ms. today, sadly.

  2. Kris Sieloff says:

    Yeah – totally not funny. At all. Offensive, in fact.

  3. MrMagoo says:

    This is great. As a North Dakotan, this doesn’t even approach the perplexity we feel about Governor Dalrymple’s decision to not veto this. In the end, we hope it was about teh Kittehs.

  4. Jess Bart-Williams says:

    Funny. I even heard the quotes in his voice as I was reading this.

  5. Well played, Ms. — The Onion would have been proud of this one. I’m not sure why people are offended by your ridiculing of the ridiculous actions of Gov. Dalrymple. Maybe they just fell for the April Fools’ Day trick.

  6. I don’t think this is appropriate for Ms Magazine. Not all women and girls can travel to Colorado or Texas and New Mexico and other states that have more liberal pro-choice abortion laws and clinics. This isn’t funny. Also, when abortion is due to health reasons, sometimes the woman cannot travel. That’s what happened with the female dentist from Ireland – she was too sick to travel to England for an abortion. It wasn’t the money – she was too ill to travel. What is so funny if a person is raped and now cannot get an abortion? As for animals, well Veternarians have made a decision that the mother’s life comes before the fetus/baby. I don’t have any issues with people owning cats – and I have several cats – but human females should have the same rights as female cats.

  7. having an abortion is not decision easily taken so making funny quotes like Ms. did is is inappropriate and shows disrespect towards women.

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