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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Legislature reopened the abortion debate Monday following a six-year pause despite critics saying the state is setting itself up for another round of expensive legal fights over legislation they describe as misleading and unconstitutional.
In back-to-back, standing-room-only hearings, a House committee took testimony on legislation that would ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure. Another bill would require abortion providers to inform women undergoing drug-induced abortions that if they changed their minds, they could still have a live birth — a claim critics argue isn’t supported by medical evidence.
The article goes on to state the following:
Similar fights are expected in several states over abortion rights this year. But in North Dakota, home to only one abortion clinic, the legislation marks a return to the debate for the oil-rich state, which had the money to defend some of the nation’s strictest abortion laws in 2013 when other conservative states didn’t. One of those laws sought to ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat could be detected, but it was later ruled unconstitutional.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) January 21, 2019
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