Federal Judge Delays North Dakota Abortion Law

BISMARCK, N.D. (July 22, 2013)—U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fatal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Hovland, in Bismarck, N.D., granted a temporary injunction Monday that blocks the law from taking effect on Aug. 1.

The North Dakota Legislature passed the bill earlier this year.

It would outlaw the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before some women know they are pregnant.

The law was one of four that the Republican-controlled Legislature and GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple passed this year that together make North Dakota the most restrictive state in the nation in which to get an abortion.

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