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Published July 18, 2011, 01:36 PM

Group challenges ND law on medication abortions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An abortion rights group is challenging a new North Dakota law that restricts how medicines can be used to induce abortions.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An abortion rights group is challenging a new North Dakota law that restricts how medicines can be used to induce abortions.

The Center for Reproductive Rights says the law will stop a woman from using drugs to induce an abortion in her first three months of pregnancy.

The center says that will force North Dakota women to seek a surgical abortion even if medication is a better option.

The law is supposed to take effect Aug. 1. The lawsuit was filed Monday in East Central District Court in Fargo.

The lawsuit says the North Dakota law attempts to restrict abortion drugs to uses "tested and approved" by the federal Food and Drug Administration.

The lawsuit says the FDA doesn't do drug testing and the new law's language doesn't make sense.

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