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Published February 11, 2014, 12:54 PM

N.D. medication abortion lawsuit settled

FARGO - A lawsuit against a law passed last year requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals is being settled.

FARGO - A lawsuit against a law passed last year requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals is being settled.

The lawsuit, filed by a women's reproductive rights group on behalf of North Dakota's only abortion clinic, was set to go to trial today in Cass County District Court.

The lawsuit, filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic, said that the law that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals would effectively shut down the clinic.

The law is under temporary injunction.

Autumn Katz, attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said that the case is in settlement negotiations, and has been removed from the court docket for the immediate future.

A Cass County judge allowed that lawsuit to be attached to a previous suit against a law restricting medication abortions, filed by the same reproductive rights group. That case is on appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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