Bill aims to stop North Dakota State University relationship with Planned Parenthood

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A House panel has decided further study is needed on a Senate bill that would prohibit North Dakota State University from funneling federal grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education classes.

Some Republican lawmakers believe the classes could promote abortion.

The legislation passed the Senate last month.

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in St. Louis.

A Planned Parenthood clinic is seen Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in St. Louis. On Monday, June 10, 2019, a judge in St. Louis issued another order allowing Missouri’s only abortion clinic to continue operating. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the clinic’s license to lapse. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The bill ties the Planned Parenthood grant to an appropriations bill that includes separate federal matching money known as challenge grants to North Dakota’s 11 colleges and universities.

Sen. Janne Myrdal, who sponsored the amendment, says the bill came after NDSU officials “ignored” lawmakers’ concerns with the school’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.

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