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Published February 09, 2013, 09:45 AM

North Dakota House passes 2 anti-abortion measures

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House has passed a bill that would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House has passed a bill that would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The House also passed a bill Friday that would prevent women from having abortions based on gender selection or a genetic defect like Down syndrome.

The measures are among several anti-abortion bills proposed by Republican lawmakers this session.

Critics say the bills are aimed at closing the state's sole abortion clinic in Fargo.

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