BISMARCK (AP) - 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.
The sex education program is a partnership with Planned Parenthood. The grant was frozen after attorneys questioned whether it would violate a state law that forbids government funding to people or groups that encourage abortion. But the attorney general says 30-year-old court rulings invalidated that law.
NDUS Chancellor Hamid A. Shirvani says the ruling is good news for the school.