Controversial 'fetal pain' measure sent to North Dakota governor's desk

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's House approved a measure Friday that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that at that point a fetus can feel pain.
   
It's another in a list of North Dakota bills passed this session meant to challenge the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
   
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has already signed a bill that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, or when a fetal heartbeat is detected, making North Dakota the most restrictive state in the nation in which to get the procedure.
   
The Republican governor has hinted that he will sign the so-called "fetal pain" bill, which was first passed by the state Senate in February.

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