First State Bans Abortions Based on Down Syndrome, Gender

(UPDATED) Federal judge blocks North Dakota's new ban on abortions after as few as six weeks of pregnancy.

Update (July 22): The Associated Press reports that a federal district court has struck down North Dakota's new abortion law, which would have banned the procedure "as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before some women know they are pregnant."

North Dakota's only abortion clinic filed the lawsuit after the state legislature passed a series of laws this spring that would have made North Dakota "the most restrictive state in the nation in which to get an abortion," according to the AP.

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Update (May 14): The Associated Press reports that Red River Women's Clinic, North Dakota's only abortion clinic, has filed the first lawsuit challenging the state's new, restrictive anti-abortion law that "requires doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital-admitting privileges."

According to the AP, Red River Women's Clinic argues that the law "could effectively make abortion illegal in North Dakota."

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