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Associated Press, Published April 12 2013

Dems: ND's latest anti-abortion bill superfluous

BISMARCK — As North Dakota lawmakers passed another anti-abortion bill, Democrats questioned if they're going overboard.

Rep. Gail Mooney of Cummings says the state has already made its point that it's anti-abortion, having made North Dakota the most restrictive state in the nation to get the procedure. On Friday, the state House endorsed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the disputed premise that fetuses can feel pain at that point.

The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who has hinted he will sign it.

Mooney noted that the scientific community is split on the matter. She says it's unlikely that lawmakers know more than scientists.

Rep. Peter Silbernagel, a Casselton Republican, says the bill was worthwhile because it "recognizes unborn children do feel pain."

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