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Abortion clinic sues ND over two recent anti-abortion laws

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Legal counsel for the state's only abortion clinic filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court here against the state over two recently passed anti-abortion laws.

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The Center for Reproductive Rights, on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo, filed the suit arguing laws that prohibit an abortion once a heartbeat is detected and abortions on the basis of gender or genetic abnormality are unconstitutional.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick and the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners are listed as defendants in the suit filed in U.S. District Court. The suit comes a day after a failed attempt to refer the laws to a statewide vote, and joins the clinic's May 14 lawsuit challenging another law requiring physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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