- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Lawyers for North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic in Fargo have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a request from the state to review an abortion ban ruled unconstitutional.

The New York-based Center For Reproductive Rights says it filed the request with the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) last month asked the high court to review an appeals court ruling that the state’s law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected is unconstitutional.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a decision last year from federal Judge Daniel Hovland, who ruled the law unconstitutional.

The Republican-dominated Legislature passed the law in 2013, though it was quickly put on hold after the state’s only abortion clinic sued.

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