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N.D. advances tough abortion bills

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota moved one step closer to adopting what would be the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, with lawmakers sending the Republican governor measures that could set the state up for a costly legal battle over the US Supreme Court decision that legalized the procedure.

North Dakota’s Senate approved two antiabortion bills on Friday, one banning abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy and another prohibiting the procedure because of genetic defects such as Down syndrome. If the governor signs the measures, North Dakota would be the only state with those laws.

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