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Published June 24, 2013, 04:24 PM

Abortion Law Petitioners: Effort to head to North Dakota Supreme Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An organizer of a petition drive to bring three of North Dakota's strict new abortion laws to a public vote says his group plans to take the issue to the state Supreme Court after falling short of their signature goals.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An organizer of a petition drive to bring three of North Dakota's strict new abortion laws to a public vote says his group plans to take the issue to the state Supreme Court after falling short of their signature goals.

Each of the three petitions needed at least 13,452 valid signatures from North Dakota voters by Monday at midnight to qualify for a statewide vote.

Committee chairman Gary Hangsleben of Grand Forks says each of the petitions fell short of the goal. He asked Secretary of State Al Jaeger for a 90-day extension on Monday, but Jaeger denied that request.

Hangsleben says his group is preparing to file a brief with the state Supreme Court that he believes will give his group more time to gather signatures.

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