Group: ND abortion laws nation's 'most extreme'
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ An abortion-rights group that's filed a lawsuit for North Dakota's sole abortion clinic also is representing groups in several states across the country.
The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights is representing the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo in the lawsuit filed Tuesday. It seeks to block a measure that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected. The lawsuit also is challenging another law that would prohibit women from having an abortion because a fetus has a genetic defect.
Attorney Janet Crepps says the so-called fetal heartbeat measure ``absolutely is the most extreme in the nation.''
The group says it also has lawsuits pending in Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New York and Minnesota.