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Associated Press, Published April 01 2013

Handful of ND Republicans join Dems in demanding legal fund for anti-abortion laws

BISMARCK — A handful of North Dakota Republicans have joined Democrats in saying that it's irresponsible for lawmakers to pass anti-abortion measures without setting aside money to fight court battles.

Lawmakers so far have shunned suggestions to set aside money for litigation after passing laws that would make the state the nation's most restrictive to get an abortion.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three bills into law last week. A fourth could land on his desk this week. Dalrymple has called on lawmakers to set aside money for litigation.

Democratic Sen. Mac Schneider says taxpayers "deserve to know the cost of litigating these bans."

He says the Legislature's move to enact the most stringent abortion laws in the nation could backfire, leaving the state on the hook for both sides' litigation costs.

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