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Published June 19, 2013, 02:38 PM

ND judge allows new complaint to abortion lawsuit

A North Dakota judge ruled today that he will allow a new lawsuit onto a challenge of a 2011 abortion law that he already has called unconstitutional.

BISMARCK — A North Dakota judge ruled today that he will allow a new lawsuit onto a challenge of a 2011 abortion law that he already has called unconstitutional.

East Central Judge Wickham Corwin said in April that he will rule in favor of the state's sole abortion clinic in its challenge of a state law that limits the use of drugs to terminate pregnancies.

New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in state court last month challenging a new state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital-admitting privileges. The group says the 2013 law raises the same “legal and factual matters” as the 2011 law.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the judge's ruling will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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