North Dakota bills could make abortion rules strictest in US
by Associated Press Wire
March 15, 2013 11:24 AM | 342 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate is considering a pair of bills that could make the state’s abortion laws the most restrictive in the country.

One bill would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

A second bill would prevent women from having abortions based on gender selection or a genetic defect, such as Down syndrome.

The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to vote on both bills Friday, sending them to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who has indicated he would sign them.

Arkansas last week adopted a similar fetal-heartbeat bill at 12 weeks.

Abortion-rights advocates say a costly legal battle is certain if the North Dakota measures become law.

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