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Associated Press, Published March 15 2013

ND senator walks out on abortion bill proceedings

BISMARCK — A vote in the North Dakota Senate on a bill that would prevent women from having abortions based on gender selection or a genetic defect was slowed Friday when a senator unexpectedly left the chamber.

As the full Senate was preparing to vote on whether the bill should be divided, Sen. Connie Tripplet, a Democrat from Grand Forks, left the Senate chamber, halting the proceedings.

Senate rules require Senators to be formally excused.

Tripplet had minutes earlier spoken out against the bill.

The full Senate ended up passing a motion to formally excuse Tripplet from the proceedings.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.