North Dakota Right to Life is the largest and oldest pro-life organization in North Dakota and has been in existence since May 21, 1971.
North Dakota is also considered the seventh most pro-life state in the United States according to Americans United for Life's annual ranking.
Earlier this week, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty on:
For his crimes, Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole; a sentence which he is already serving.
While it is good to see that justice is being served in this case, it is not a cause for celebration. Gosnell was convicted of a handful of murders, but thousands of children were slaughtered by this man. Abortionists around the country kill innocent children every day without any repercussions. It is a matter of inches that separates a legal abortion from first degree murder. In both cases, the unborn child will feel the same pain, and the same life will be lost.
If this trial has shown us anything, it is that abortion most certainly is a brutal atrocity, and that allowing for the killing of innocent human beings inside the womb inevitably leads to the killing of innocent humans outside of the womb. It is good to see justice being served, but we will only be able to celebrate when the unthinkable atrocity that is abortion is outlawed, and when women no longer feel the need to have their children killed.
On Wednesday, April 17th, hundreds of pro-lifers gathered at the Capitol in Bismarck to thank our legislators for standing up for life and passing legislation to protect it. Not even record setting snowfall could stop people from across the state from showing their appreciation.
Bishop David Kagan of the Diocese of Bismarck started things off with a prayer, and assured both the legislators we were thanking and the people in attendance that "North Dakota is second to no other state" in our recognition of the value of life and our commitment to protect it.
Christopher Dodson of the North Dakota Catholic Conference fired up the crowd when he said that while certain groups of people might say we are setting the clock back, that "that clock was broke 40 years ago." He spoke the truth and said that "the answer to a crisis pregnancy is not pitting a woman against her child, but it's a future where abortion is seen for what it is. It's an offense against women, it's a violent act, and it's a sign that we have failed a society; and our future says, we can do better."
Janna Myrdal of Concerned Women for America made it known that women are not victims to their womanhood and are strong enough to handle even the most difficult situations; that women are strong enough to choose life.
Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life inspired the crowd and renewed any confidence that may have been lacking when he highlighted one of the struggles of this movement by saying, "When we speak about abortion in the churches, they say we are too political. We speak about it in the political arena, they say we are too religious. So if abortion is wrong, where do we go to say so? We go to the churches, and to political arena, and to the schools, and to the media, and to business, and to the streets!"
While the rally was a success, it is certainly not the end. We need to continue letting our legislators know that what they did was courageous and that we thank them for standing up for what is right, because there are others who will try not to let the legislators forget that they are angry with them standing up for the truth. We need to make sure we do not become complacent with the victories we just had, but instead work harder than ever to protect life in this great state, and across the nation.