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Published March 15, 2011, 04:10 PM

Doctors Say ND Anti-abortion Bill Will Hurt Infertile Couples

North Dakota doctors say an anti-abortion bill could end up hurting couples who want to have children. The North Dakota Senate's Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the measure Tuesday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota doctors say an anti-abortion bill could end up hurting couples who want to have children.

The North Dakota Senate's Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the measure Tuesday. It says a fertilized egg is a human being with human rights, and it is a crime to intentionally harm one.

Dr. Stephanie Dahl is an infertility specialist in Fargo. She says the law would put infertility doctors at risk if fertilized eggs are destroyed through freezing or other means.

Dahl says the law would make it a crime to treat a woman when her fertilized egg begins growing outside the uterus. She says that can cause internal bleeding and death.

Karen Hanson of Bismarck supports the measure. She says it's the duty of society to protect unborn children.

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