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A federal judge has temporarily blocked a law placing restrictions on abortions from taking effect on August 1. House Bill 1456 would ban all abortions at the time a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks.

Judge Daniel Hovland issued an order this morning that states North Dakota House Bill 1456 is in direct contradiction to a litany of U.S. Supreme Court cases addressing restraining's on abortion.

Hovland says the North Dakota law is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law based on several precedents, including Roe V. Wade.

Hovland says the law would ban nearly 90 percent of all abortions performed at the only clinic in North Dakota that provides such services.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo.

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