It was a sad Friday for the pro-life movement. We lost two very great pro-life men in Dr. Jack Wilke and Bro. Paul O'Donnell.
Dr. Jack Wilke
Dr. Jack Wilke was an enormous figure in the pro-life community. He served as President of the National Right to Life Committee for 10 years, helped found the International Right to Life Federation, and was Co-Founder and President of the Life Issues Institute.
Dr. Wilke was an asset for all pro-lifers; giving us such materials as Abortion, Questions and Answers: Why Can't We Love Them Both and the Handbook on Abortion, among numerous other books. The materials of Dr. Jack Wilke and his wife, Barbara, have educated millions around the world, having been translated into 32 different languages. Dr. Wilke died at the age of 89. He was loved by so many and will be missed by us all.
Bro. Paul O'Donnell
Bro. Paul O'Donnell died in his sleep yesterday at the age of 55. Bro. Paul was a founder and President of Pro-Life Action Ministries, a board member of the Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network, and Guardian Overall for the Franciscan Brothers of Peace.
Bro. Paul was a warrior for those who were vulnerable. He was there to fight for Bro. Michael Gaworski (the Founder of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace) during his death. He was there for Terri Schiavo and the Schindler family as Terri was being starved and dehydrated to death. He was there for baby Joseph Maarachli and for Jahi McMath. Bro. Paul was there for those who needed help protecting the dignity of their lives. Bro. Paul was an inspiration for us and will be missed.
I was lucky enough to have met both Dr. Jack Wilke and Bro. Paul O'Donnell. I remember Bro. Paul speaking at a North Dakota Right to Life convention a few years back; and I remember speaking with him at different National Right to Life conventions. He was always so kind, so joyful, and so passionate about helping those who are vulnerable. Bro. Paul reminded you what our purpose was in being pro-life; that we cannot get so caught up in the battle that we forget to truly care about and care for both those who we are fighting for and those who we are trying to convert. He was a great man and I know that I will miss him.
I was lucky enough to have met Dr. Jack Wilke at this past years National Right to Life Convention in Louisville, KY. I remember learning about him when I started getting involved in the pro-life movement. I remember his materials being a starting point for my own education on life issues. This was a man who everyone recognized as having an impact on their being pro-life. I was honored to have been able to meet someone who not only impacted my own life, but who I know educated and helped millions of others. Dr. Wilke, even being gone, will continue to be a rock for all of us who are pro-life.
Governor Dalrymple has once again declared January 18 - 24 Sanctity of Human Life Week in North Dakota.
We thank Governor Dalrymple for recognizing the intrinsic value of every human life and setting aside a week for us to remember that all life, no matter what stage of development it is at, is important and must be protected.
As we celebrate this day, let us be mindful that as pro-life people we should be joyous! While we mourn the atrocities that are committed against those who are the most vulnerable among us, we cannot forget to also celebrate life.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1963, then President John F. Kennedy proclaimed, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
In order to truly advocate for life, we must be an example for others. It is not enough to say we are pro-life, we must also live it. It is not enough to condemn the attitudes of those who do not respect life, we must also show them how to respect it.
On this Thanksgiving day, I ask you to take time to celebrate life. Give thanks for life; give thanks for your parents choosing life; give thanks for the ability to fight for the right to life of all human beings. Be a shining light for all those in the darkness and show them what living life is truly all about.
Join North Dakota Right to Life, along with hundreds of North Dakotans and thousands of pro-life people from across the nation for the 2015 March for Life.
North Dakota Right to Life will once again be taking a bus to Washington, D.C. The bus is free to ride!
We will be leaving on Monday, January 19th, 2015 from Shuck Bus Service in Moorhead, MN at 6:00 PM. We should arrive in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Tuesday, January 20th.
Wednesday will be a day for everybody to explore Washington on their own. Thursday is the day of the March for Life, and we will be right at the front March along with the rest of the North Dakotans.
There will be some time on Friday to explore Washington a little bit more. We will depart in the late afternoon/early evening to come back home. We should arrive back in Moorhead, MN the evening of Saturday, January 24th.
from Shuck Bus Service in Moorhead, MN
Monday, January 19, 2015
The bus is free to ride.
We have a block of rooms at the Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn, just a short walk away from the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines for the Metro.
The cost is ~$145/night, for a total of $435 for three nights. This cost can be split amongst however many people are in the room.
For two people in a room the cost would be ~$218 for each person.
For three people in a room the cost would be ~$145 for each person.
For four people in a room the cost would be ~$109 for each person.
Each room includes two queen beds.
Food costs are the responsibility of each person.
Depart from Washington, D.C. the evening of Friday, January 23.
Arrive in Moorhead, MN the evening of Saturday, January 24th.
Seats are limited, to reserve your spot today, contact NDRL at:
We would like to extend our congratulations to all those who have been voted into the legislature for the upcoming legislative session. We especially want to congratulate those legislators who we know are pro-life and who fight for the right to life for all human beings.
As always, we hope to be able to welcome more legislators to this list. The right to life is an issue that all people need to support, on both sides of the aisle. We look forward to working with all of the legislators in the upcoming session.
Sen. Oley Larsen
Rep. Roscoe Streyle
Sen. Randy Burckhard
Rep. Scott Louser
Rep. Roger Brabandt
Sen. Nicole Poolman
Rep. Jason Docter
Rep. Tracy Boe
Sen. Tim Mathern
Rep. Kim Koppelman
Rep. Christopher Olson
Rep. Dennis Johnson
Rep. Curt Hofstad
Sen. Tom Campbell
Rep. Gary Paur
Rep. Wayne Trottier
Rep. Don Vigesaa
Rep. Bill Devlin
Sen. Larry Luick
Rep. Randy Boehning
Sen. Terry Wanzek
Rep. Chet Pollert
Rep. Craig Headland
Sen. Don Schaible
Rep. Karen Rohr
Rep. James Schmidt
Sen. Jessica Unruh
Rep. Jay Seibel
Rep. Gary Kreidt
Rep. Karen Karls
Sen. Rich Wardner
Rep. Mike Lefor
Rep. Vicki Steiner
Sen. Bill Bowman
Rep. Keith Kempenich
Rep. Al Carlson
Sen. Lonnie Laffen
Rep. Richard Becker
Sen. Ron Sorvaag
Sen. Ralph Kilzer
Rep. Lawrence Klemin