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North Dakota State Profile

The Department of Health in North Dakota received $88,991 in federal funds for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in Fiscal Year 2007. 1

  

North Dakota Sexuality Education Law and Policy

North Dakota does not mandate sexuality education nor does it address what can or cannot be taught in sexuality education classes. The state also does not have a suggested curriculum.

North Dakota does not require parental permission for students to participate in sexuality or HIV/AIDS education nor does it say whether parents or guardians may remove their children from such classes.

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Recent Legislation

SIECUS is not aware of any proposed legislation regarding sexuality education in North Dakota.

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Events of Note

SIECUS is not aware of any recent events regarding sexuality education in North Dakota.

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North Dakota’s Youth: Statistical Information of Note2

  • In 2007, 44% of female high school students and 41% of male high school students in North Dakota reported ever having had sexual intercourse compared to 46% of female high school students and 50% of male high school students nationwide.
  • In 2007, 2% of female high school students and 4% of male high school students in North Dakota reported having had sexual intercourse before age 13 compared to 4% of female high school students and 10% of male high school students nationwide.
  • In 2007, 11% of female high school students and 11% of male high school students in North Dakota reported having had four or more lifetime sexual partners compared to 12% of female high school students and 18% of male high school students nationwide.
  • In 2007, 34% of female high school students and 29% of male high school students in North Dakota reported being currently sexually active (defined as having had sexual intercourse in the three months prior to the survey) compared to 36% of female high school students and 34% of male high school students nationwide.
  • In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 62% of females and 66% of males in North Dakota reported having used condoms the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 55% of females and 69% of males nationwide.
  • In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 30% of females and 19% of males in North Dakota reported having used birth control pills the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 19% of females and 13% of males nationwide.
  • In 2007, among those high school students who reported being currently sexually active, 27% of females and 30% of males in North Dakota reported having used alcohol or drugs the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to 18% of females and 28% of males nationwide.
  • In 2005, 90% of high school students in North Dakota reported having been taught about AIDS/HIV in school compared to 88% of high school students nationwide.3

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Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

The North Dakota Department of Health received $88,991 in federal Title V Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding in Fiscal Year 2007. The Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage grant requires states to provide three state-raised dollars or the equivalent in services for every four federal dollars received. The state match may be provided in part or in full by local groups. In North Dakota, sub-grantees provide the match and, in addition, the communities they serve provide a number of in-kind services that are counted toward the match. The North Dakota Department of Health oversees the funding and retains 30 percent for the salary, benefits, and travel of the program coordinator.

There are four sub-grantees in North Dakota: Community Action Partnership, Dickinson School District, Make a Sound Choice, and the Northern Lights Youth Services.

The Northern Lights Youth Services operates programs in both North Dakota and Minnesota. The organization’s abstinence program is called “Reality Check.”4

Make a Sound Choice is run by FirstChoice Clinic, a crisis pregnancy center. Crisis pregnancy centers typically advertise as providing medical services and then use anti-abortion propaganda, misinformation, and fear and shame tactics to dissuade women facing unintended pregnancy from exercising their right to choose. On its website, Make a Sound Choice says, “People have different understandings of God. Whatever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than just your body and your mind —it may have an impact on your relationship with God. What is God’s desire for you in this situation? How does God see your unborn child? These are important questions to consider.”5

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Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) and Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA) Grantees

There are no CBAE or AFLA grantees in North Dakota.

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Federal and State Funding for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in FY 2007

Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Grantee Length of Grant Amount of Grant Type of Grant (includes Title V, CBAE, AFLA, and other funds)

North Dakota Department of Health

www.health.state.nd.us

$88,991 federal

Title V

Community Action Partnership
www.dickinsoncap.org

$7,226

Title V sub-grantee

Dickinson School District
www.dickinson.k12.nd.us

$19,741

Title V sub-grantee

Make A Sound Choice
www.makeasoundchoice.com
Project of First Choice Clinic
www.firstchoiceclinic.com

$31,397

Title V sub-grantee

Northern Lights Youth Service
www.ndsadd.com

$16,574

Title V sub-grantee

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Adolescent Health Contact6
Barb Schweitzer
Abstinence-Only Education Program
North Dakota Department of Health
600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept 301
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: (701) 328-4535

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North Dakota Organizations that Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education

ACLU of the Dakotas
112 North University Dr., Suite 301
Manchester Building
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: (701) 461-7290
www.acludakotas.org

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North
Dakota, South Dakota
1965 Ford Pkwy.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Phone: (612) 825-2777
www.ppmns.org

The League of Women Voters
of North Dakota
P.O. Box 2393
Bismarck, ND 58502
Phone: (701) 232-6696
www.lwvnd.org

 

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North Dakota Organizations that Oppose Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Diocese of Fargo
5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite A
Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: (701) 356-7910
www.fargodiocese.org

North Dakota Family Alliance
311 East Thayer Ave., #127
Bismarck, ND 58201
Phone: (701) 233-3575
www.ndfa.org

North Dakota Right to Life
1102 South Washington St., #110
P.O. Box 551
Bismarck, ND 58502
Phone: (701) 258-3811
www.ndrl.org

 


Newspapers in North Dakota7

Bismarck Tribune
Newsroom
P.O. Box 5516
Bismarck, ND 58506
Phone: (701) 223-2500
www.bismarcktribune.com

Devils Lake Journal
Newsroom
516 4th Street NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Phone: (701) 662-2127
www.devilslakejournal.com

Dickinson Press
Newsroom
P.O. Box 1367
Dickinson, ND 58602
Phone: (701) 225-8111
www.thedickinsonpress.com

The Forum
Newsroom
PO Box 2020
Fargo, ND 58107
Phone: (701) 235-7311
www.in-forum.com

Grand Forks Herald
Newsroom
P.O. Box 6008
Grand Forks, ND 58206
Phone: (701) 780-1100
www.grandforksherald.com

The Jamestown Sun
Newsroom
121 3RD ST NW
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: (701) 252-3120
www.jamestownsun.com

Minot Daily News
Newsroom
P.O. Box 1150
Minot, ND 58702
Phone: (701) 857-1900
www.minotdailynews.com

Valley City Times-Record
Newsroom
P.O. Box 697
Valley City, ND 58072
Phone: (701) 845-0463
www.times-online.com

Williston Daily Herald
Newsroom
P.O. Box 1447
Williston, ND 58802
Phone: (701) 572-2165
www.willistonherald.com

 

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References

  1. This refers to the fiscal year for the federal government which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, Fiscal Year 2007 begins on October 1, 2006 and ends on September 30, 2007.
  2. Unless otherwise cited, all statistical information comes from: Danice K. Eaton, et. al., “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007,” Surveillance Summaries, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 57.SS-4 (6 June 2008), accessed 4 June 2008, <http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm>.
  3. Danice K. Eaton, et al., “Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2005,” Surveillance Summaries, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 55, no. SS-5 (9 June 2006): 1-108, accessed 26 January 2007, <http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm>.
  4. “Get Real Factoid,” Northern Lights Youth Services, accessed 7 April 2008,
    <http://www.nlsadd.com/programs/getreal/factoids>.
  5. “Make A Sound Choice,” Make A Sound Choice, accessed 13 July 2008, < http://www.makeasoundchoice.com/>.
  6. SIECUS has identified this person as a state-based contact for information on adolescent health and if applicable, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.
  7. This section is a list of major newspapers in your state with contact information for their newsrooms.This list is by no means inclusive and does not contain the local level newspapers which are integral to getting your message out to your community.SIECUS strongly urges you to follow stories about the issues that concern you on the national, state, and local level by using an internet news alert service such as Google alerts, becoming an avid reader of your local papers, and establishing relationships with reporters who cover your issues.For more information on how to achieve your media goals visit the SIECUS Community Action Kit.

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