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Abortion Foes Guide States in Pushing New Restrictions

When Bette Grande, a Republican state representative in Fargo, North Dakota, wanted to make it illegal for a woman to end a pregnancy after learning her unborn child would suffer from Down syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality, she turned to a trusted source.

Americans United for Life, a nonpartisan Washington-based legal group that has worked for more than four decades to overturn abortion rights, had drafted a model bill to achieve just what Grande was seeking.