North Dakota Approves Strict Abortion Laws: Local News

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On Friday, North Dakota moved forward with adopting the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.

The laws will ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, or when a heartbeat is detected, and another law which will prohibit women from receiving an abortion if the fetus has a genetic defect, Star Tribune said.

Groups including the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, and the American Civil Liberties warned the lawmakers that their measures would be deemed unconstitutional, the New York said.

In the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade, the courts ruled a woman has a right to an abortion until the fetus is 24 weeks old, or viable outside the womb, the New York Times reported.

The new bill outlaws abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected using "standard medical procedures." Heartbeats of a fetus can be detected at about six weeks using a transvaginal ultrasound, or at about 12 weeks when using abdominal ultrasounds, the New York Times noted.

The senate approved the fetal heartbeat bill 26-17; and the house approved it 63-28, they approved the genetic abnormalities bill 27-15, and the house was 64-27, the Star Tribune said.

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