Fargo, ND— Today, North Dakota lawmakers sent SB 2030 to the governor, a bill that would penalize academic freedom and hinder voluntary, comprehensive sex education in North Dakota. The legislation intentionally and directly attacks a federal grant administered by North Dakota State University faculty to support comprehensive sex education. The bill language also includes penalties to any higher education institution partnering with an entity that supports or communicates about safe, legal abortion. Politicians are pushing their niche political ideologies into decisions that should be left to academic institutions dedicated to academic freedom and integrity. North Dakotans are calling on Governor Burgum to veto the bill.
Statement from Katie Christensen, North Dakota State Director of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“This is clear government overreach from North Dakota politicians. They are trying to eliminate federally funded programs aimed at educating young people on both abstinence and contraception. In our programs, parents give permission for their kids to participate and participating youth demonstrate improvements in sexual health knowledge, consent, and understanding forms of sexual violence. North Dakotans need health experts providing sex ed, not politicians.
Comprehensive sex education improves health, relationships, and decision-making. It’s a shame the legislature is targeting age-appropriate evidence-based sex education that has a proven track record of improving health.
North Dakotans are calling on Governor Burgum to stand up for academic research and comprehensive sex education. Nearly 1,000 North Dakotans have already contacted the governor asking him to veto SB 2030, and more are taking action every single day. North Dakotans don’t want this political overreach, and we need the governor to step in and stand up for North Dakotans.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.