North Dakota State University Teams Up With Planned Parenthood To Spend Obamacare Money On Sex Education


The State of North Dakota turned down a grant, made available through the Obamacare legislation, to fund sex education in North Dakota. But North Dakota State University, part of that fourth branch of government that is our university system, has accepted it. Now two NDSU professors are working with abortion mill giant Planned Parenthood to provide sex education classes.

Secor-Turner said the grant must be used to offer comprehensive sex education that also teaches adulthood preparation skills like healthy relationships, setting goals, adolescent development and making the right decisions.

The funding also requires a rigorously evaluated program with evidence to back up its effectiveness, which is why she said they partnered with the regional Planned Parenthood to offer a program that’s well-developed.

As the main grantees, the NDSU faculty members and two research assistants will be closely involved in the courses.

“We’re tailoring the programs that they already do, using some of their expertise, blending it with what we know to be the science of what makes great comprehensive sexuality education programs and creating a program tailored for this grant and for North Dakota,” she said.

There are a number of questions to ask here.

How is it that Planned Parenthood, and overtly political organization, is getting tax dollars funneled to it in this way?

How can North Dakota State University accept federal funds the State of North Dakota specifically turned down?

This is why the independence of North Dakota’s university system must be ended. Like Planned Parenthood or hate it, these sort of decisions should be made by elected officials, not university system bureaucrats.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • borborygmi

    Waste of money, IF you are in college and don’t know about sex, safe sex, repercussions of not using safe sex, or the mechanics of sex you are a lost cause and Planned Parenthood is not going to help you.

    • Zach

      You’re right. It would be a waste of money if it the program was aimed at college students. However, since it’s not aimed at college students…

      “…but will allow them to seriously discuss the topic in a setting that
      could cut through the misconceptions that circulate through high school
      locker rooms and hallways.”

      “….Secor-Turner said they’ve reached out to about a dozen community organizations that already work with teens to find youths ages 14 to 19 who will go through the 12-week courses. The program is voluntary, meaning only teens who want to participate and who have parental consent can get involved.

      Randall said the plan is to run two courses at a time with about 10 teens in each course. By the end of the three-year grant, they hope to talk to about 360 youths in Fargo.

      The classes also focus on peer education, with the goal of having the teens share what they’ve learned with friends, classmates and even their families.”

      • borborygmi

        Then they better be setting their sights on middle schoolers.

  • sbark

    quote…….with what we know to be the science of what makes great comprehensive sexuality education programs

    .. comprehensive sexuality educ programs?…….maybe I’m reading between the lines……but it appears this grant promotes a push toward the tolerance and affirmation of Gay issues, it doesnt just stop at abortion concerns usually associated with planned parenthood.

  • ShortSighted

    For $1.2 million “…they hope to talk to about 360 youths in Fargo.” That’s $3,333 per student!

    Ignoring the subject matter, this is incredibly inefficient as a class.

    • RCND

      That’s probably enough for several abortions each, which is really what they want.

  • camsaure

    If the legislature had any balls they would deduct exactly that amount from the universitys budget. Along with additional funding.

    • Rob


  • Greg

    Let me get this straight, you want the state government to dictate what federal grants people can apply for and what they can’t? That’s ridiculous.

    • Rob

      I want the state government to dictate which federal grants state employees can and cannot apply for in their official capacities, yes.

      NDSU isn’t some independent institution.