BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The Catholic Diocese of Bismarck is applauding North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple for signing into law three anti-abortion bills.
Bishop David Kagan released a statement Tuesday praising the Republican governor for protecting the ``basic human right'' of life.
Kagan also applauded the state legislators who supported the measures to ``extend protections to unborn human life and to advance the health of women.''
On Tuesday, Dalrymple signed three bills into law, including one that bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Another bill bans abortions based on genetic defects such as Down syndrome. The third requires that abortion doctors be physicians with hospital-admitting privileges.
Abortion rights advocates have promised a legal fight. The measures would take effect Aug. 1.