North Dakota abortion bill amended to kill sex-ed grant

2013-03-21T14:52:00Z North Dakota abortion bill amended to kill sex-ed grantBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK, N.D. — 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.

Fargo Rep. Bette Grande sponsored the amendment to halt NDSU’s grant, which provides funding for sex education for Fargo-area teens, with parental consent.

The amendment, which passed 57-35, would bar K-12 schools and colleges from contracting with or providing financial support to entities that perform, refer or counsel in favor of abortions.

The full Senate Bill 2368 would ban abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization except to prevent the death of the mother or prevent serious medical complications.

Physicians who perform an abortion after 20 weeks could face a Class C felony and fines. Sponsors of SB2368 are Sens. Joe Miller, R-Park River, Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, and Donald Schaible, R-Mott, and Reps. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, Diane Larson, R-Bismarck, and Karen Rohr, R-Mandan.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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