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Published April 02, 2013, 06:08 PM

Amendment to North Dakota anti-abortion bill removed

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An amendment to an anti-abortion bill in Bismarck has been removed. It's good news to NDSU and Planned Parenthood.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- An amendment to an anti-abortion bill in Bismarck has been removed. It's good news to NDSU and Planned Parenthood.

Now that the amendment has been removed from the bill NDSU is able to keep it's partnership with Planned Parenthood thanks to a 1.2 million dollar grant.

Amy Jacobson- Planned Parenthood: "It's about the public health of North Dakota and the health of our youth."

The amendment would have prevented state agencies from contracting with an individual or organization that advocates the practice of abortion.

It would would have stopped the new voluntary sex education program at NDSU.

The grant has already seen it's share of controversy when NDSU President president Dean Bresciani froze funds after attorneys questioned whether it would violate state law that forbids government funding to people or groups that encourage abortion. It took Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ruling for NDSU that it can legally use the funds.

Grant money will now continue to be used towards the comprehensive sex education and life skills program for at-risk teens in Fargo.

Amy Jacobson: "What this program is going to do is be able to really improve the lives of many young people in our community who are vulnerable, who are at risk. Many of our participant are youth who are homeless or borderline homeless and this program is really going to be able to put them on the right track to having healthy lives."

The House, which had passed the bill with the amendment, will have to vote on it again without the amendment. That should happen in the next few days. The amendment was voted down within ten minutes with a 6-0 vote.

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