Legislature approves bill banning abortion procedure

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has endorsed legislation that would ban the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions.

Senators voted to approve the House bill Friday to outlaw the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation. The bill uses the non-medical term “dismemberment abortion” to describe the procedure.

Abortion-rights groups argue that banning the procedure is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions.

Similar laws in other states are on hold because of legal challenges.

The Senate amended the bill to make the ban effective when a federal appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court allows its enforcement. The House still must approve that change.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has not said whether he would sign or veto the measure.