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Published June 26, 2013, 08:46 AM

National Group: North Dakota abortion laws nation's 'most extreme'

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An abortion-rights group that's filed a lawsuit for North Dakota's sole abortion clinic also is representing groups in several states across the country.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An abortion-rights group that's filed a lawsuit for North Dakota's sole abortion clinic also is representing groups in several states across the country.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo in the lawsuit filed Tuesday. It seeks to block a measure that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected. The lawsuit also is challenging another law that would prohibit women from having an abortion because a fetus has a genetic defect.

Attorney Janet Crepps says the so-called fetal heartbeat measure "absolutely is the most extreme in the nation."

The group says it also has lawsuits pending in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York and Minnesota.

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