ND senate OKs bill regulating abortion providers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has passed legislation that would require a doctor performing abortions to be an OB-GYN with hospital-admitting privileges.

Republican Sen. Spencer Berry, a Fargo physician, introduced the bill. He said before Thursday's vote that it'll ensure that women getting abortions get the best health care possible.

Opponents said it was a clear challenge to Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to get an abortion.

Sen. Stanley Lyson, a Republican from Williston and retired sheriff, said he'd at first supported the bill but ultimately changed his mind because "decisions like that should be left up to the woman and her family and her God and not a group of people in the Legislature."

The Red River Women's Clinic in Fargo is North Dakota's sole abortion provider.

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