N.D. Amendment Could Thwart Valuable Research, Editorial Argues

March 21, 2013 — Although Planned Parenthood is lawmakers' "target of choice" in an amendment that seeks to block funding for a sex education program run by the group, the provision's broad language "could undermine or scuttle other areas of valuable scientific and social research" if lawmakers disapprove of certain groups, "no matter how tangential such involvement might be," a Forum of Fargo-Moorhead editorial states.

"The amendment is legislation at its worst" and should be "stripped from the host bill and sent to the place where vacuous ideas go to die," the editorial concludes (Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, 3/20).