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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND AG's opinion sought on family planning funds law

  • A request was filed to the attorney general's office Wednesday for an opinion on a 1979 statute that NDSU officials cited in halting the $1.2 million federal grant.
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  •  North Dakota University System officials say they have asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to look into a state law that led North Dakota State University to freeze a federal grant for a sexual education program.
    Chancellor Hamid Shirvani tells the Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/WfWb9j) that a request was filed to the attorney general's office Wednesday for an opinion on a 1979 statute that NDSU officials cited in halting the $1.2 million federal grant.
    The law in question forbids using government funding "as family planning funds by any person, public or private agency which performs, refers or encourages abortion."
    NDSU administrators have been criticized for the decision to put the program on hold, but school officials say they didn't have a choice.

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