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?
Almost forty-one years ago the United States Supreme Court determined in Roe v. Wade that the most basic right we have— the right to live— could not be protected by the states until the child was deemed “viable” (between twenty-four to twenty-eight weeks at the time). The Supreme Court claimed in the ruling of Justice Blackmun: "We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins. When those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus, the judiciary, at this point in the development of man's knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the answer." Even though he needed not resolve it scientific evidence then as now showed the court that a new life starts at fertilization.
This ruling struck down all legal protections that were in place in North Dakota to protect the unborn in our state. To commemorate and protest the anniversary of this sad ruling that has resulted in the deaths of 66,000 North Dakotans and 55 million Americans, we invite you to attend our annual Pro-Life Rally on the Capitol steps in Bismarck on Sunday, January 19th (Sanctity of Life Sunday) from 2pm-3pm with an Open House to follow at Saint Mary’s High School.
Join us at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.!
North Dakota Right to Life is once again taking buses to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally to protest abortion that is held on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade.
The March for Life will be held on Wednesday, January 22nd. We still have seats on one bus available. The bus will be leaving from Moorhead, MN on the evening of Monday, January 20th. We will return to Moorhead on Friday, January 24th.
The cost to go on the bus is $50/person + room and board. We have a block of rooms available at the Courtyard Alexandria Pentagon South.
Call the NDRL office at 701-258-3811 with any questions you may have and to reserve your seat on the bus today!
Another year of banquets has come and gone. Towards the end of October, over three days, hundreds of people braved the cold weather and some of the first snow of the winter in order to hear Claire Culwell share her story in Mandan, Dickinson, and Grand Forks.
Four years ago, Claire found her birth mother and learned the story of her life. Claire is an abortion survivor. She found out that, while she survived, her twin brother did not. Since learning about how she was affected by abortion, Claire has found her calling as pro-life advocate.
Along with Claire, Matia Brobst gave her testimony as a formerly single mother at the Grand Forks banquet. Matia is a testiment to the reality that you CAN choose life and continue on with your life. After having a child while in high school, she has continued to be successful in college and will soon add “college graduate” to her roles as wife and mother.
We are blessed to have been able to hear the powerful stories of two amazing women.