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North Dakota’s Abortion Laws Become The Most Restrictive In The US

Danielle Tarasiuk |
March 26, 2013 | 11:01 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

North Dakota State Seal/Wiki Commons
North Dakota State Seal/Wiki Commons
On Tuesday Gov. Jack Dalrymple singed two legislations that would make North Dakota one of the most restrictive states on abortion rights.

The first legislation bans an abortion after a heartbeat can be detected, which often times can happen at six week into a pregnancy.

The second legislation prohibits abortions for reasons such as down syndrome or other genetic defect. The measure also requires that the doctor administrating the abortion have hospital-admitting privileges.

Both the legislations are an attempt to close down North Dakota’s only abortion clinic in Fargo.

"Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade," The Associated Press reported that Dalrymple said. "Because the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed state restrictions on the performing of abortions and because the Supreme Court has never considered this precise restriction ... the constitutionality of this measure is an open question."

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