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Published March 21, 2013, 03:34 PM

ND Abortion Bill Amended to Kill Sex-Ed Grant

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.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — 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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