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New NC abortion restrictions take effect Wednesday

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — New abortion restrictions in North Carolina are set to take effect without a key portion of the measure which focused upon ultrasounds for pregnant women.

Women will be subject to a 24-hour waiting period and have access to information about the risk of abortion and alternatives to the procedure starting Wednesday. The General Assembly approved the law this summer when it overrode Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a provision in which a medical professional performing an ultrasound at least four hours before a scheduled abortion put the image in a place where the woman may view it. The provider also would have had to offer the woman the chance to listen to the fetal heart beat.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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