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Published December 11, 2013, 08:21 PM

North Dakota Supreme Court considers medical abortion law

Justices on North Dakota’s highest court heard arguments from attorneys trying to get a law enforced that their legal opponents say would keep most women in the state from getting a medical abortion.

By: Emily Welker, Forum News Service

BISMARCK – Justices on North Dakota’s highest court heard arguments from attorneys trying to get a law enforced that their legal opponents say would keep most women in the state from getting a medical abortion.

Attorneys for the state of North Dakota argued to the Supreme Court here that the law does not violate the state constitution.

The law requires doctors providing women a medical abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

A lower court judge wrote in his decision that the requirement would end medication abortions in the state, since the doctors who did medical abortions would not be able to get such privileges.

District Court Judge Wickham Corwin placed both a temporary and a permanent injunction on the enforcement of the law. Wednesday’s arguments by the state are appealing them.

The court has taken the case under advisement.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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