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North Dakota's state Senate approved a bill to ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy on Friday, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple. If passed, the measure would become the most restrictive state abortion law in the country, just days after Arkansas passed what is now the most restrictive ban, barring most abortions after 12 weeks. North Dakota's bill would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. It would also ban abortions based on genetic defects, like Down Syndrome, making North Dakota the first state to do so, and based on gender, which Pennsylvania, Arizona and Oklahoma already ban, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion law throughout the United States. Gov. Dalrymple generally opposes abortion but has not said whether he will sign the bill into law.
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