Abortion ban measures go to ND governor

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A pair of bills that would essentially ban abortions in North Dakota passed the state Senate Friday, sending it to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple for signing.

Both anti-abortion bills were authored by Rep. Bette Grande, R-Fargo, a ninth-term legislator. The first bill makes it a misdemeanor if an abortion were performed solely based on the gender or genetic abnormality of an unborn child--the first state in the country to do so.

The second bill makes it illegal for anyone to perform an abortion if a heartbeat is detected in the womb, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The only exception would be if the health of the mother is at risk.

FOX News reports the measures are considered to be the most restrictive in the nation.

Abortion-rights advocates say the so-called fetal heartbeat bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, and supporters should expect a costly legal fight if it becomes law, the Associated Press reports.

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