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Published April 18, 2013, 01:30 PM

Witness, lawyers in North Dakota abortion case argue over drug studies

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A doctor who supports a North Dakota law that limits medication abortions and lawyers for an abortion rights group disagree about studies on drugs used to terminate pregnancies.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A doctor who supports a North Dakota law that limits medication abortions and lawyers for an abortion rights group disagree about studies on drugs used to terminate pregnancies.

Dr. Donna Harrison, president the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, testified Thursday against a lawsuit filed by North Dakota's lone abortion clinic.

Opponents say the 2011 bill that bans one of two drugs used by the clinic in medication abortions would end the practice and illegally limit choices for women.

Among the studies Harrison cites is a Finnish report showing that medication abortions have more "adverse events" than surgical abortions.

When Center for Reproductive Rights attorney Janet Crepps pointed out a section in the study that calls medication abortions generally safe, Harrison responded by saying, "Safe is a relative term."

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