Ban on Fetal-Heartbeat Abortions Quashed

A U.S. Circuit Court agreed Wednesday with a lower court’s decision to strike down North Dakota’s 2013 ban on abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat. (Heartbeats can be detected sometimes as soon as six weeks into a pregnancy.) The state legislature has set aside $800,000 to defend legal challenges to its anti-abortion measure in the last two years. There is only one abortion clinic remaining in the state.