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Published April 08, 2013, 05:47 PM

Grand Forks group begins recruiting for abortion law petition

A group of Grand Forks residents is in the process of recruiting people who oppose the new abortion laws to sponsor a petition.

A group of Grand Forks residents is in the process of recruiting people who oppose the new abortion laws to sponsor a petition.

The Secretary of State received the paperwork last week and now has until Thursday to accept or reject the referral. Right now the group has 25 sponsors and is meeting this evening to decide on a chairman. Roland Riemers says if Al Jaeger okays the referral, he suspects it won't take very long to collect signatures. Riemers says it's unfair such a heavily debated issue would rely only on the legislature and Governor's decision.

Roland: "I think we need to allow the people to not only have a good debate but to also have an opportunity to vote and I'm quite confident that if it comes to a vote the people will approve the referral and these bills will die."

Each petition for all three bills would need 13,452 signatures.

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