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ND Legislature Passes "Fetal Pain" Abortion Bill

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The North Dakota Legislature has given it's final approval to the last abortion bill.

The House passed 2368 also known as the "fetal pain" bill.

It bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, saying it's at that point when an unborn child can feel pain.

This version of the bill removes an amendment which prevented tax dollars from being used for counseling for or to refer abortions.

The bill now goes to Governor Dalrymple to sign or veto.

Dalrymple signed three abortion bills in March.

House Democrats used the opportunity to make one more attempt to defeat the bill.

Representative Kylie Oversen of Grand Forks says, "the clinic in Fargo doesn't perform abortions past 16 weeks anyway's, if it is an abortion past that time they are in the hospital for medical reasons. It is a pointless piece of legislation."

"With four on the docket right now we've probably done our job as far as making our point that we don't want abortions. So the question begs to be asked, "how many more do we need?" says Gail Mooney of Cummings.

At least ten other states have passed bills outlawing abortions after 20 weeks.

The law was struck down in Idaho in March by a federal judge.

The three abortion related bills already signed by Governor Dalrymple ban abortions at six weeks, ban abortions if a heart beat is detected and require physicians to have admitting privileges at hospitals.

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