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Associated Press, Published March 15 2013

Abortion rights group to ND governor: Veto abortion bill

BISMARCK — The president and CEO of an abortions right group is calling on North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to veto a bill that passed the Legislature Friday that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The measure approved by the Senate on Friday would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. If signed, North Dakota would have the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S.

Nancy Northup is the president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She says politicians in North Dakota are leading "anti-choice extremists to see who can do the most to strip women of their dignity and autonomy and endanger their lives."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.