ND governor faces choice on abortion restrictions

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 16 at 3:04 PM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Now that North Dakota has all but enacted what would be two of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, the state's governor faces a choice.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple can join with fellow Republicans and approve measures that are likely to lead to a costly legal battle that opponents say will end in utter failure. Or he could veto the bills the Legislature approved and that have enough support to pass without him. Such a move that would draw the ire of social conservatives.

Even those in North Dakota who normally balk at government spending don't seem concerned about spending money on a fight over the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

Republican Sen. Dwight Cook says he didn't consider the cost when voting for the bills.

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