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Judge stops N.D. abortion law from taking effect

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BISMARCK -- A federal judge has stopped a strict new North Dakota anti-abortion law from taking effect Aug. 1.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland today ruled the law prohibiting abortions once a heartbeat is detected, which some say is about six weeks, “is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law” based on the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal.

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