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Associated Press, Published March 22 2013

ND lawmaker says she struggled with abortion votes

BISMARCK — A North Dakota lawmaker says she struggled when deciding how to cast her votes on the spate of recent anti-abortion legislation that's been debated.

Rep. Naomi Muscha said Friday that though she campaigned on a pro-life platform, she couldn't approve the anti-abortion measures. Three of the four measures passed the House, including a so-called personhood resolution that says a fertilized egg has the same right to life as a person. Voters will decide in 2014 whether to add the wording to the state constitution.

Muscha says she weighed the pros and cons and "they were not easy decisions to make." She says her votes might cost her a re-election bid in the conservative state.

But she adds that she voted her convictions and "can live with" herself.

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