Comprehensive sex education is proven to improve health, relationships, and decision-making. In fact, sex education saves lives. But during the 2021 legislative session, North Dakota politicians decided to attack funding for sex education programs and vital academic research.
With sex ed funding under attack, North Dakotans spoke up. Read what university students, professors, and sexual and reproductive health advocates had to say about why our state needs both academic freedom and access to sex education.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear its first abortion case since conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett filled the seat of reproductive freedom advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg. So, what does this mean for North Dakota?
Now that North Dakota’s 2021 legislative session has come to a close, we’re looking back on the issues and fights that we faced this year. While North Dakota continued battling the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-sexual and reproductive health legislators chose to target reproductive health care, LGBTQ+ rights, and academic freedom.
Governor Burgum bowed to political pressure and signed SB 2030, a bill that deliberately attacks academic freedom by prohibiting a long-standing federally funded sex education and research program that has provided evidence-based education to hundreds of North Dakotans.
Supporters of academic freedom and sex education call on the governor to stop political overreach
North Dakota Lawmakers introduced SB 2323, a bill that would prohibit any new clinics offering abortion from opening within 30 miles of a public or private school.
HB 1313 would criminalize abortion, possibly resulting in life in prison without parole for doctors who provide abortion care. The measure leaves the door open to punish anyone who discusses abortion care, drives a friend or family member to an abortion appointment, or provides counseling to someone seeking an abortion with up to five years in prison.
Today marks 48 years since Roe v. Wade, established the legal right to an abortion. Yet the right to safe, legal abortion is continually under attack, especially in North Dakota.
The bill includes the possibility of life in prison without parole for anyone who performs an abortion, and five years in prison for anyone who assists someone getting an abortion