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.