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Published December 18, 2013, 03:53 PM

Abortion numbers drop at North Dakota's lone clinic

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's lone abortion clinic is on pace to end the year with the fewest number of pregnancy-ending procedures the state has recorded in more than a decade.

By: JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's lone abortion clinic is on pace to end the year with the fewest number of pregnancy-ending procedures the state has recorded in more than a decade.

Red River Women's Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker says the drop in the number of abortions is due in part to new legislation that has confused some women into thinking abortion in the state is now outlawed.

Kromenaker says some women are seeking abortions in other states.

Rep. Bette Grande, an ardent abortion opponent, says the decline is a positive thing and comes as more women become educated on the issue.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed four anti-abortion measures into law this year with overwhelming support by the state Legislature.

Abortion rights advocates call the new laws the most restrictive in the country.

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