ND university officials urge Burgum to veto bill stopping them from providing grant money to groups that promote, perform abortions

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education and the university system chancellor want Gov. Doug Burgum to veto a bill that would prevent a school from funneling grant money to a person or organization that promotes or performs abortions.

University system officials say academic freedom and other factors outweigh the loss of so-called Challenge Grant funds that are authorized in the bill and would be lost if it’s vetoed.

The Republican-led North Dakota Legislature passed the legislation that was primarily aimed at preventing North Dakota State University from funneling grant money to Planned Parenthood for sex education in the state.

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