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Published April 15, 2013, 08:16 AM

North Dakota abortion legislation trial to begin

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A trial over an abortion law passed by the North Dakota Legislature two years ago is slated to begin Tuesday in Fargo.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A trial over an abortion law passed by the North Dakota Legislature two years ago is slated to begin Tuesday in Fargo.

New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the Red River Women Clinic in Fargo in a lawsuit over a 2011 law banning the widely accepted use of a medication that induces abortion.

A judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of the law.

The state has spent about $23,000 in legal costs to date defending the 2011 legislation.

The Legislature this session has passed laws that impose the nation's toughest abortion restrictions. Abortion-rights activists have promised lawsuits to challenge the new legislation.

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