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Published March 15, 2013, 01:27 PM

Senator: Abortion bill not pertinent to North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota senator says a bill that would prevent women from having abortions based on gender should not be passed because it deals with issues that are not pertinent to North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota senator says a bill that would prevent women from having abortions based on gender should not be passed because it deals with issues that are not pertinent to North Dakota.

A bill under consideration in the North Dakota Senate would ban abortions based on gender selection as well as a genetic defect, such as Down syndrome.

Sen. Margaret Sitte, a Republican from Bismarck, said men outnumber women in places like China and India because of gender-selected abortions.

But Sen. Carolyn Nelson, a Democrat from Fargo, says aborting a fetus based on gender is not an issue in North Dakota.

She says the sole clinic in North Dakota providing abortions has said it has had no women seek an abortion based on gender in 15 years.

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