Reproductive Rights

04.02.13

N. Dakota Kills Anti-Sex-Ed Law

Legislature nixes amendment to end sex-ed program for at-risk youth--but anti-abortion bill stands.

Days after North Dakota became the nation's most restrictive state on abortion rights--approving a ban on the procedure as early as six week into a pregnancy--state legislators have moved to kill an amendment that would have shut down a sex-education program aimed at high-risk youth. While the program--the Personal Responsibility Education Program--is funded at the federal level with a $1.2 million, three-year grant, it is run by North Dakota State University and Planned Parenthood.The grant was frozen over concerns that it violated a state law forbidding govenrment funding of people or organizations that encourage abortion.

The amendment was terminated during final negotiations over the state's controversial anti-abortion law, with a unanimous vote by three senators and three House members.