BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Abortion-rights lawyers are readying to face a series of anti-abortion laws, including one in North Dakota, meant to challenge the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion.
Legislators in several states are weighing bills divisive even within the national anti-abortion movement.
Arkansas legislators adopted the nation's toughest abortion law in the face of certain legal challenge _ a ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Some activists welcomed the law, but others fear the ban is headed toward emphatic rejection in court and prefer incremental strategies.
In North Dakota, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban doctors from performing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy.