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N.D. Lawmakers Pass Bill Regulating Abortion Doctors

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North Dakota lawmakers have passed legislation that would require a doctor performing abortions to have hospital-admitting privileges.

North Dakota's House voted 58-34 Friday in support of the measure. Republican Sen. Spencer Berry, a Fargo physician, introduced the bill. The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo is North Dakota's sole abortion provider.

Opponents say the measure is aimed at shutting down the clinic. Hospital-admitting privileges can be difficult for physicians to obtain because it's left up to the hospital's discretion whether to grant them. Some hospitals refuse to give them to abortion providers to avoid controversy.

A North Dakota lawmaker who opposed a bill that would require doctors performing abortions to have hospital-admitting privileges says the bill will not protect the health of women.

Kylie Oversen is a Democratic House member from Fargo. She spoke out against the measure Friday.

She says less than 1 percent of women undergoing an abortion procedure experience a complication. She adds that death from an abortion is 10 times lower than child birth.

Says Oversen, "It is more dangerous to simply be pregnant than to undergo an abortion procedure."

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