Federal court strikes down N. Dakota’s Heartbeat Bill

By Ben Johnson - Posted at LifeSiteNews.com:

BISMARCK, ND, July 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – A federal appeals court has struck down the nation's most protective pro-life law, a North Dakota measure that would bar abortions after a baby's heartbeat could be detected.

The law, which Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law in March 2013, would have prohibited abortionists from performing most abortions after six weeks.

The U.S. Supreme Court prohibits any state from unduly burdening women seeking abortions before the point of viability, which it defined at 24 weeks gestation in the 1992 Casey decision.

A state expert, OB/GYN Dr. Jerry Obritsch, had argued before the court that viability began much earlier due to scientific advancements, which some consider controversial.

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