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Published March 22, 2013, 01:10 PM

North Dakota lawmakers pass bill regulating abortion doctors

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have passed legislation that would require a doctor performing abortions to have hospital-admitting privileges.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers have passed legislation that would require a doctor performing abortions to have hospital-admitting privileges.

North Dakota's House voted 58-34 Friday in support of the measure.

Republican Sen. Spencer Berry, a Fargo physician, introduced the bill.

The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo is North Dakota's sole abortion provider.

Opponents say the measure is aimed at shutting down the clinic. Hospital-admitting privileges can be difficult for physicians to obtain because it's left up to the hospital's discretion whether to grant them. Some hospitals refuse to give them to abortion providers to avoid controversy.

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