North Dakota may be on the verge of becoming the first state in the union that protects human beings from the moment of conception after the Senate passed the state’s personhood amendment.

Similar personhood amendments passed the House of Representatives in 2009 and 2011 but died in the Senate. This is the first time the legislation earned the support of the Senate. The bill will now go to the House for a vote.

The amendment, SCR 4009, states, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.”

In addition, the Senate has approved SB 2303 which “ensures that the protection that our criminal laws afford to victims of crimes extends to all human beings born and unborn.”