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Janell Cole, Published March 12 2009

ND Catholic bishops propose changes to personhood bill

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Roman Catholic bishops today proposed wholesale changes to the controversial personhood bill, House Bill 1572.

If adopted, the bill would no longer be an invitation to a lawsuit, but a statement of legislative intent, they said.

Bishop Paul Zipfel of the Bismarck Diocese and Bishop Samuel J. Aquila announced the plan at a news conference this afternoon.

The bill has a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9 a.m. Monday. It passed the House earlier.