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Associated Press, Published June 08 2013

ND tallies $52,000 defending one of state's abortion laws

BISMARCK — Records show that North Dakota has spent more than $52,000 defending a 2011 state law that seeks to limit the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies.

The North Dakota Attorney General's office is slated to ask the state's Emergency Commission on Tuesday for $30,000 to help cover the costs.

Dr. Donna Harrison has billed the state more than $49,000 to act as an expert witness in the case. Harrison is president the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and testified at the state trial in April.

A judge at the trial called the legislation “simply wrongheaded” and said he plans to rule in favor of North Dakota's lone abortion clinic in its challenge to shoot down the law.