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Associated Press, Published June 11 2013

ND approves more money to defend 2011 abortion law

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Attorney General's office is getting an additional $30,000 to help cover the costs to defend a 2011 state law that seeks to limit the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies.

North Dakota's Emergency Commission unanimously approved the funding on Tuesday.

North Dakota has spent more than $52,000 defending the 2011 state law. Records show that Dr. Donna Harrison has billed the state more than $49,000 to act as an expert witness in the case.

East Central Judge Wickham Corwin said in April that he will rule in favor of the state's sole abortion clinic in its challenge of the state law. Corwin has not officially ruled on the case.

Lawyers for the state say they would appeal if Corwin rules against them.


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