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Associated Press , Published March 12 2013

Doctor: ND laws will spur 'backroom' abortions

BISMARCK — A retired Fargo pediatrician says some women may resort to dangerous “backroom” abortions if lawmakers approve a package of measures aimed at strengthening North Dakota's already strict abortion laws.

Ted Kleiman urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to consider the effects of passing legislation that critics say is aimed at shutting down the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo.

Senators reviewed House a bill that would prevent women from having abortions based on gender selection or a genetic defect like Down syndrome. The committee also reviewed a House bill that would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Republican Rep. Bette Grande of Fargo is the prime sponsor of both bills. Grande told Senators that the measures are intended to protect the unborn.

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