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Published March 18, 2013, 05:13 PM

Abortion legislation in North Dakota has some local physicians upset

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota legislature made world news all weekend long following the passage of the most restrictive abortion law in country.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The North Dakota legislature made world news all weekend long following the passage of the most restrictive abortion law in country.

Today, a group of Fargo physicians and providers said the six anti-abortion bills in the state legislature would negatively impact women's health issues in the North Dakota, and would hurt physician recruiting in the state.

The physician organized news conference in Fargo today focused on the legislature getting in the middle of the "patient-doctor" relationship.

And with invitro-fertilization physicians fearing criminal prosecution, there is concern the state will have an even more difficult time attracting doctors to the state.

Long time Fargo physicans reacted to the half dozen abortion bills that are being approved in Bismarck and headed for the Governor's desk.

Dr. Tel Kleiman/Fargo Physician: "What concerns us is interference of the patient doctor relationship. It is abhorent, at the highest degree. I think everyone out there wants to know is this what you want the legislation telling you what to do."

Those who have been involved in working with couples trying to have babies, say the abortion related legislation's impact on the invitro fertilization program in Fargo would be widespread.

Dr. Stephanie Dahl/Reproductive Specialist: "Hundreds of families across the state relying on ivf to have babies every year, and if these pass we will no longer be able to offer that service."

Dr. Steffen Christensen/Reproductive Specialist: "The concern is this is criminal negligence, if anything should happen to an embryo and how can i employ my embryologists, if they are going to be under the threat of prosecution."

Republican state Senator Margaret Sitte of Bismarck is the bill's sponsor, she says the bill is simply looking at the ethical treatment of embryos like all human beings. We are not looking at anything that closes an IVF clinic.

It is expected the legislation will head to the courts, where the state of North Dakota could face costly legal bills. The laws could take effect in August.

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