Created: 03/27/2013 1:29 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.
Minutes after Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed three anti-abortion measures - one banning them when a heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into a pregnancy - unsolicited donations began pouring into the state's lone abortion clinic to help opponents prove the new laws are unconstitutional.
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