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NDSU Sex Education Program to Proceed

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ruled that North Dakota State University can legally accept a three-year federal grant to conduct comprehensive sex education.

Two NDSU faculty members had been awarded a $1.2 million grant to offer voluntary comprehensive sex education to Fargo-area teens ages 15 to 19 with parental consent. But NDSU officials froze the grant in January when attorneys questioned whether the funding would break a state law that forbids using government funding as family planning by any person or group that encourage abortions.

But Stenehjem ruled Thursday that the state law was invalidated by a 1980 district court decision and a 1981 appellate court ruling. NDUS Chancellor Hamid A. Shirvani says the ruling is good news for the school.

North Dakota State University officials announced Thursday hat a federal research grant will go forward immediately. The careful scrutiny provided by the opinion gives full protection to the researchers to proceed free from the threat of criminal prosecution.

President Dean L. Bresciani reiterated his commendation to the faculty who earned the research grant.

"A competitive federal grant of more than $1 million in their field is not typical and suggests a rather compelling and impressive proposal. Along with the Provost and their Deans, I add my voice in respect for the principal investigators who successfully secured the involved federal grant."

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