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.
We would like to give a big thank you to the sponsors of our 2013 Annual Banquets.
Amanda Ellerkamp - Diocese of Bismarck Pro-Life Office
The Computer Guy
Dave & Robin Johnson
Deacon Ryan & Marlo Nelson
Dr. James & Cheryl Brooke
Evangelical Bible Church
Gene & Sue Jackson
Glenn & Dixie Wagner
Jon & Jess Kary
Knights of Columbus Council #1515
Ladbury Funeral Services
Michele & Terry Keithley
Our Savior’s Luteran Church
Pastors Harold & Marge Sundgren
Queen of Peace Catholic Church
The Real Estate Company
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
Todd & Deb Schweitzer
Trinity High School - Office of the Chaplain
Binford Gospel Tabernacle
Greater Grand Forks Right to Life
Griggs County Right to Life
Knights of Columbus Council #13670
Lunseth Plumbing & Heating
Nelson County Right to Life
St. Gianna Maternity Home
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Women’s Pregnancy Center
Bishop David Kagan
Bismarck/Mandan Right to Life
Deacon Doug Helbing
Diocese of Bismarck - Respect Life Office
Fargo Right to Life
Glen Ullin Right to Life
Harvey Right to Life
Minot Right to Life
Richard & Tracy Pfeiffer
Valley City Right to Life
North Dakota Right to Life is proud to announce our 2013 Regional Banquets with guest speaker Claire Culwell. There will be three banquets held in Mandan (October 20), Dickinson (October 21), and Grand Forks (October 22).
Claire Culwell's biological mother became pregnant with her at the age of 13. Her mother took her to an abortion facility where she had an abortion. A few weeks later she realized that she was still pregnant, and went to a late-term abortion facility for a second abortion. It was there that she found out she had been pregnant with twins and that one survived the abortion. They said it was too late to perform another abortion. Claire is that miracle child who survived the abortion.
We are looking for table sponsors for all of the banquets. The cost to sponsor a table is as follows:
Mandan (October 20 @ the Seven Seas)
$360 (table of 8)
Dickinson (October 21 @ The Elks Lodge)
$360 (table of 8)
Grand Forks (October 22 @ the Ramada)
$450 (table of 10)
On Monday, US District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted a temporary injunction, barring HB 1456 (The Heartbeat Bill) from going into effect. HB 1456 would have banned abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which occurs around six weeks from conception.
Judge Hovland said, "There is no question that (the North Dakota law) is in direct contradiction to a litany of United States Supreme Court cases addressing restraints on abortion," and that, "(It) is clearly an invalid and unconstitutional law based on the United States Supreme Court precedent in Roe v. Wade from 1973 ... and the progeny of cases that have followed."
The Supreme Court did not grant the right to abortion without any restrictions in Roe v. Wade. That "right" to abortion is to be balanced with the state's interests. North Dakota has an interest in protecting life; and in the 40 years since Roe v. Wade, science and technology has evolved to a point where there is no denying that what is growing inside of a mother during pregnancy is a human being. We now know that by six weeks after conception, the unborn child's heart is pumping blood.
With that said, temporary injunctions to these types of laws in commonplace. We need to let the trial play out and hope that the court understands that a "right to privacy" does not trump a right to life; that we are not free to end a human life whenever it seems to be more convenient.
On Monday, Cass County District Court Judge Wickham Corwin declared a 2011 law banning the off-label use of a drug being used to produce an abortion. The ruling comes as no surprise, since Judge Corwin previously stated he would rule the law unconstitutional.
Judge Corwin's opinion on this case is extremely disturbing. Corwin not only makes up his own version of the North Dakota state constitution by insisting that it contains a right to abortion (it does not), but he asserts that this right to abortion is a fundamental right. The right to abortion that Judge Corwin has made up out of thin air is more expansive than what the Supreme Court of the United States created in Roe v. Wade.
In his opinion, Judge Corwin stated that, "the amendments violate the fundamental rights protected by the first and twelfth sections of article one of the Constitution of North Dakota." Corwin obviously forgot about the first of the "inalienable rights" listed in section one of the North Dakota state constitution, life. Judge Corwin talks about the right to pursue happiness and right to liberty, but conveniently tosses aside the right to life for all individuals; denying all preborn human beings of the first of all inalienable rights contained in our constitution.
Our state can not be held hostage by one judge who believes he can single-handedly change the constitution of our great state to fit his twisted worldview. We must believe that the Supreme Court of North Dakota is more competent than Judge Corwin and can understand that the right to life in our constitution, which pertains to all individuals, also pertains to unborn individuals.