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TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, Published March 22 2013

ND Lawmakers pass bill requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

BISMARCK - House lawmakers today approved a bill that will require a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.

The bill is now ready to send to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple

Senate Bill 2305, sponsored by Sen. Spencer Berry, R-Fargo, passed the House with a 58-34 vote.

The bill was sent to the House by a party line 30-17 vote in the Senate.

Rep. Vernon Laning, R-Bismarck, carried the bill to the floor, said the bill will help protect women during complications.

“I certainly think a woman undergoing a procedure would want as many safety precautions as possible,” he said. “It ensures the physician is well qualified to address the problem.”

Rep. Kylie Oversen, D-Grand Forks,

said the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, the state’s only abortion clinic, has only had to transport one patient from the clinic to the hospital in the past 10 years. “We’re dealing with unnecessary bill,” she told the House floor.

Oversen said hospitals would require a physician to admit 10 patients per year to maintain admitting privileges.

The bill is the first of four abortion-related bills being considered by the House today.