Human Rights Transcend Politics

North Dakota Right to Life is involved in the political process because we are a human rights organization, we are not however a political or a partisan organization. We believe that politics without concern for human rights is a frightening prospect. As a society we do not consider the work of Civil Rights leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, or the Little Rock Nine to be political figures. Even though these Civil Rights Leaders advocated for political change they were doing so as a means of recognizing the equality of all people regardless of skin color. Similarly we our goal within the pro-life movement is to promote the equality of all people regardless of age or stage of development. In the words of MLK’s niece Dr. Alveda King: "The Pro-life Movement is a continuation of the Civil Rights Movement and abortion is one of the greatest Civil Rights issues of our time." 

North Dakota Right to Life is involved in many arenas of public life; our reason for existence is to defend the most basic human right the right to live and part of this defense includes promoting good legislation and endorsing candidates that support us in our endeavor to extend human rights to the smallest North Dakotans. When the right to live can legally be taken away from the littlest child, how can this right to live survive to protect those of us who have already been born? When being human is not considered to be good enough for life to be legally protected; human rights will be abused. When one class of human individuals is set apart as not being persons, every class of people can also have their legal protections taken away.

For this reason we are not an organization that is driven by partisanship or political ideology, we are an organization fighting for the youngest among us. To protect the youngest children necessarily means becoming involved in the political process. The sole reason we support a candidate for political office is based on their commitment and record of valuing every human life from fertilization to natural death. 

As a society we have an obligation to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us. We need to protect life from the moment it begins—at fertilization—to natural death. The right to live is the most basic human right; the right to abortion is the destruction of another human being’s right to live. Without the right to life there are no human rights; what good are other rights if we are not alive to enjoy them?

Brock Schmeling