North Dakota approves America’s toughest laws on abortion

North Dakota approved America’s most restrictive laws on abortion on Tuesday. The new regulations would make it illegal for women to get an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

According to the New York Times, legal scholars maintain the new laws would be in violation of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which struck down laws restricting abortion.

North Dakota’s new laws come only a few weeks after Arkansas banned abortions after 12 weeks, in what appears to be a major revival of the abortion debate across the United States that may challenge the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.

Abortion-rights groups immediately condemned the new rulings, while pro-life groups called it a “landmark day.”

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