Is This New North Dakota Law an Affront to Academic Freedom? Watch the Discussion and Join the Chat Live at 2 P.m.

North Dakota State University nursing professor Molly Secor-Turner stands next to her father, plant pathology professor Gary Secor, at a rally on April 22, 2021, opposing legislation aimed at an NDSU sex education program Secor-Turner oversees. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum

Earlier this year North Dakota’s lawmakers approved a bill that prohibited institutions in the state’s university system from working with groups that promote abortion. The bill, as passed, also included a financial penalty, denying matching state fundraising dollars for campuses that ran afoul of the provision.

The impetus for the legislation was a long-standing grant relationship between Planned Parenthood, which is involved not only in promoting abortion rights but also in partisan politics on the side of Democrats.

Governor Doug Burgum signed the law, though he vetoed the penalty, leaving only the prohibition in place.

Many on the state’s campuses see the Legislature’s actions as an affront to academic freedom.

Is it?

Dr. Bo Wood, a professor of political science at the University of North Dakota, joins this episode of Plain Talk Live to discuss that as well as the controversy around Rep. Liz Cheney and the splintering of the GOP.

All episodes of Plain Talk Live are also available on the Plain Talk podcast, which you can subscribe to by way of your favorite podcasting service.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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