May 14, 2014 at 12:08 pm
North Dakota is appealing a federal judge's ruling that overturned a state law banning abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland ruled last month that the law is "invalid and unconstitutional" and that it "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge."
The state filed its appeal Wednesday.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says Hovland's ruling was not unexpected. He says "the Legislature passed the law in hopes that a higher court would revisit the issue."
The state's only abortion clinic in Fargo filed a lawsuit in July against the measure that would ban abortions before many women know they're even pregnant.
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