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By GARY D. ROBERTSON / Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are pushing ahead with their demand for new rules at North Carolina's abortion clinics.

The House voted 74-41 to approve the bill after a highly-charged, three-hour debate. Republicans say the new rules will make the procedure safer for women.

Opponents argue it is a blatant attempt to shut down clinics and curb a woman's right to choose.

The bill was tweaked after Republican Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto a separate bill approved quickly by the Senate last week. The governor said he was worried it would result in restricting a woman's access to an abortion.

It's not clear what he thinks about the new bill, which still must be approved by the GOP-controlled Senate before it would head to his desk.

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