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Federal Judge Rules North Dakota Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

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A federal judge rules North Dakota fetal heartbeat abortion law `invalid and unconstitutional'

A federal judge has struck down one of North Dakota's controversial abortion laws.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled today that the law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is invalid and unconstitutional.

The law would have stopped abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

The New York based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit against the measure last summer on behalf of the Red River Women's clinic in Fargo.

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