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Friday, July 24, 2009
Abortion provider files lawsuit to stop North Dakota's abortion ultrasound law
The Red River Women's Clinic has filed a lawsuit to stop a North Dakota law requiring the abortion clinic to give women an opportunity to view an ultrasound 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Supporters of the law, scheduled to take effect Aug. 1, say it's meant to give women considering abortion more information and awareness about what they're doing.

But reproductive rights advocates and the Fargo clinic take issue with the law, saying it's confusing in how it’s written.

The law includes a provision about making a fetal heartbeat audible but is not clear whether the facility must offer the woman the opportunity to listen to the heartbeat, according to the suit, filed in Cass County District Court.

Because violating the law could lead to criminal charges, the clinic filed the suit to better understand it, Director Tammi Kromenacker said.

"We just don't know what to do to comply with that particular sentence in the legislation," Kromenacker said. "It's unclear; it's vague and confusing."

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