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Abortion Rule on Hospital Access Blocked in North Dakota

A North Dakota law requiring abortion providers to be affiliated with a hospital within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of their clinic was temporarily blocked by a state court in Fargo.

Judge Wickham Corwin granted a request by the Red River Women’s Clinic to block the law after a hearing yesterday, saying the state failed to show a compelling need for it. The clinic is the only abortion provider in North Dakota, he said in his ruling.