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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND abortion bill amended to kill sex-ed grant

  • The grant was frozen after attorneys questioned whether it would violate a state law that forbids government funding to people or groups that encourage abortion.
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  • North Dakota's House has amended an anti-abortion bill in an effort to kill a three-year, $1.2 million federal sex education grant for North Dakota State University.
    The House voted 57-35 Thursday to include the amendment in a measure aimed at outlawing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point.
    Fargo Rep. Bette Grande sponsored the amendment to halt NDSU's grant, which provides funding for voluntary sex education to Fargo-area teens with parental consent.
    The grant was frozen after attorneys questioned whether it would violate a state law that forbids government funding to people or groups that encourage abortion.
    North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ruled last month that the school could legally accept the grant.

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