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Supreme Court Turns Down North Dakota Appeal to Implement Law Restricting Abortion After Fetal Heartbeat

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North Dakota’s “Heartbeat bill” would have banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, approximately six weeks after conception.

The U.S. Supreme Court building June 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear North Dakota’s appeal to implement a law restricting abortion in the state, according to Reuters.

North Dakota’s “heartbeat bill” would have banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat could be detected — approximately six weeks after conception.

The U.S. Supreme Court building June 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The U.S. Supreme Court building (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

A lower court blocked implementation of the law last year.

Supporters and opponents alike said that the law would have implemented the strictest regulations on abortion in the country.

North Dakota approved the law in 2013, and the state’s only abortion clinic filed a lawsuit to block its implementation shortly after.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court also rejected an appeal from Arkansas to implement a similar bill.

North Dakota is the only state in the country that currently bans abortion based on a diagnosis of fetal genetic abnormalities, including Down syndrome.

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