The Annual March for Life in ND took place this year on Sunday, January 20. Once again, we had a great turn-out and a wonderful response from out pro-life community right here in North Dakota! Msgr. James Shea of the University of Mary led opening pray for the event, and Msgr. Chad Gion led the closing prayer. Christopher Dodson of the ND Catholic Conference was our keynote speaker, covering the 40 year anniversary and congratulating the pro-life movement for still fighting hard after decades. The event began at St. Mary’s Central High School cafeteria in Bismarck with prayer, talks, and fellowship. After this gathering, many braved the weather to march around the capitol mall! Even the cold weather cannot stop hearts full of LIFE!
The National March for Life took place in Washington DC on Friday, January 25. There were well over 500,000 people in attendance this year, and many of them young faces! North Dakota had a good representation at the march, with our NDRL bus nearly completely full! Thank you to all for making the long trip and showing your dedication to life.
The eagerness to protect life was vibrant with this faithful crowd at the ND March for Life! We know that it is people like this that will help ND to be the first abortion-free state!
40 years later and over 50 million lives lost, the anniversary of Roe. Vs. Wade is coming up on January 22, 2013. Commit to making a STAND for LIFE this year by attending a March fo Life:
The Grand Forks Chapter is also hosting a couple of events on January 22:
In place of our annual educational conferences, this year NDRL was able to host two wonderful national speakers, bringing in Shari Rigby, a post-abortive woman, and Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor.
Melissa Ohden spoke in Fargo, to a crowd of about 200. A short part of her story can be found on her website:
“Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977 Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. Melissa and her husband Ryan have a daughter, Olivia, whose birth at the same hospital where Melissa’s life was supposed to end has significantly shaped Melissa’s ministry.”
Melissa brought people to tears once again with her powerfully moving story. A special thank you to Lydia Trandem for helping to manage this event!
Shari Rigby was able to come to the Bismarck and Grand Forks events, on October 29 and 30. In Bismarck, Shari had a crowd of over 500, and in Grand forks, over 300! Here is a bit about Shari from her bio that was read that night:
“Shari was a teenage mom at 17. The second time she became pregnant, she had an abortion. At the age of 25, she rededicated her life to Christ. She believes that God used “October Baby” to bring healing to her for her own abortion, and she knows that God will do the same for others who have been there.”
More to come on these events later, and stay tuned for pictures! Thank you to all who were able to make this event a success, and who were able to be there!
NDRL’s first annual “Run for their Lives” was held at Sertoma Park in Bismarck on September 7, 2012. Over 100 pro-lifers from the Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding areas showed up to walk and run in honor of those who have lost their lives through abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.
There was beautiful weather that evening, which was perfect for the outdoor event! Runners and walkers started meeting around 6:30 in the evening for registration and community fellowship. We had the runners take off at 7:00, followed by the walkers shortly after that. The 1-mile walk was able to accommodate families with small children and those who weren’t up for doing the whole 3.1 miles!
After the race, back at the shelter, the participants enjoyed water and snacks while meeting other pro-life members of the community. Capitol Heights Baptist Church was able to join us at the shelter and provide water and pro-life “life savers.” It was great to have them alongside us, joining us in this cause!
Small prizes were given to the winners of various categories. The University of Mary Collegians for Life was the recipient of both the Largest Team Award and the Best Team Name. It was great to have so many young faces and great energy with us that night!
We owe a big thank-you to our sponsors who made this event a success and helped further along the pro-life movement in North Dakota:
Gold Sponsors: Krumm and Associates, Capitol Heights Baptist Church
Silver Sponsors: Church of St. Anne, Church of St. Joseph, Charity Lutheran Church
Bronze Sponsors: Front Street Lighting, Bismarck Reality (Chuck Huber), Marilyn and Anselm Ternes, Mayo Pharmacy, Mandan Nazarene Church, Flash Printing, Dan’s Supermarket, and Scheels
We look forward to next years “Run for their Lives,” and we are sure that we will again have a wonderful response from the dedicated pro-lifers in our state!
In Place of our Annual Educational Conference, this year North Dakota Right to Life will hold three banquets in October with high-profile speakers providing powerful pro-life messages. The banquets will be held in Fargo on October 16th, Bismarck on October 29th and Grand Forks on October 30th.
Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden will speak at the Fargo banquet to be held at the Holiday Inn. Melissa is “A Voice for the Voiceless.” She has a truly amazing and empowering story.
Shari Rigby, a Bismarck native and star actress in the movie “October Baby”, has a life-changing message of post-abortion healing. Her’s is a story of hope and rededication. The Bismarck banquet is being held at the Bismarck Civic Center and the Grand Forks banquet is being held at the Alerus Center.
The social hour for each event will begin at 5:30 P.M. and the dinner will begin at 6:30P.M. The featured speaker will begin at 7:30 P.M. Bismarck/Fargo table sponsorships (8 seats) are $200 and Grand Forks table sponsorships (10 seats) is $250.
Purchasing a table will enable you to invite friends and relatives to share an evening of good food, fellowship and the gift of receiving a thought-provoking inspiring pro-life message! You won't want to miss out on these events!!
**Sponsorships for tables and reservations for seats may be obtained by calling 701-258-3811 or 800-247-0343.
Donations may also be made and are needed to help defray initial costs for speakers’ fees, facility rentals, transportation and other numerous incidental costs. Consider being a special help to us for this big event by providing extra donations to help make this possible!
We look forward to hearing from you!!