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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's attorney general is looking at whether to appeal today's decision by a federal judge, overturning a state law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

That's as early as six weeks into a pregnancy -- and before many women know they're pregnant.

The judge says the law "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge."

The state's only abortion clinic is in Fargo. Backed by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, the clinic filed a lawsuit against the measure in July.

The measure was among four anti-abortion bills that Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law last year with overwhelming support from the state's Republican-led Legislature.

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