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ND appeals ruling on fetal-heartbeat abortion ban

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BISMARCK -- North Dakota is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that permanently blocked a state law that would have banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The appeal was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bismarck on behalf of Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled April 16 that the law would essentially ban all abortions as early as six weeks of pregnancy and “cannot withstand a constitutional challenge.”

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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