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Reuters Photo A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked North Dakota's new abortion law, which bans procedures to end pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by the Red River Women's Clinic, shown in this July 2 photo, the only abortion clinic in the state.

Judge stops N.D. abortion law from taking effect

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BISMARCK -- A strict new North Dakota anti-abortion law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or after six weeks pregnancy, will not go into effect Aug. 1.


U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled Monday the law "is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law."

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.