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.
Breaking news!! Governor Jack Dalrymple signed three pro-life bills today: HB 1305, HB 1456, and SB 2305!
HB 1305- "Sex Selection and Abnormalities Abortions";
HB 1456 - "Heartbeat Bill";
SB 2305 - "Admiting Privileges"
This is wonderful news- ND is on it's way to becoming abortion free! Continue to watch our website for continued updates.
We need to make our voices hear for the unborn today! Governor Dalrymple will have pro-life bills on his desk and we need to encourage him to sign them. Please call the governor's office today at 701-328-2200 and ask him to sign these pro-life and pro-women bills! Read about the bills below, and call NOW.
Senate Bill 2368 - “Pain-Capable Child Protection”
SB 2368 is based on the NRLC model legislation protecting unborn babies after 20 week gestational age because of a state compelling interest in protecting pain-capable children. In layman terms, this bans all abortions after 20 weeks, because at 20 weeks the baby can feel pain and we feel that ND has a right to protect pain-capable children, even in the womb.
House Bill 1456 – “Heartbeat Bill”
HB 1456 is being referred to as “the heartbeat bill”. This bill asserts that the state of North Dakota has a compelling state interest in defending any human life with a detectable heartbeat. Heartbeat is detectable sometime between 5 ½ weeks and 7 weeks gestational age. The simple idea behind this is that in ND we declare someone as “dead” when there heart beat stops, so it is logical that they must then be “alive” if they have a detectable heartbeat.
Senate Bill 2305 -- "Admittin Privileges"
SB 2305 simply requires any doctor who performs an abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The language is inspired by another state in which local abortionists failed to get admitting privileges, which led to the closing of the abortion clinic in that state. The argument for this bill is that doctors coming to this state to perform abortions must have all the proper privileges to take care of ND women in case an emergency might occur during the abortion procedure.
House Bill 1305 -- "Sex Selection"
HB 1305 relates to the prohibition on abortions for sex selection or genetic abnormalities. It would prohibit an individual from having an abortion for these reasons. This bill protects unborn children from being aborted because of their sex or genetic abnormalities. Aborting a child for these reasons is discrimination, which is the main argument for this bill.
Legislative Victories Today!! Two pro-life bills passed in the House today! This is great news!
SB 2368 is based on the NRLC model legislation protecting In layman terms, this bans all abortions after 20 weeks, because at 20 weeks the baby can feel pain and we feel that ND has a right to protect pain-capable children, even in the womb.
SB 2305 simply requires The language is inspired by another state in which local abortionists failed to get admitting privileges, which led to the closing of the abortion clinic in that state. The argument for this bill is that doctors coming to this state to perform abortions must have all the proper privileges to take care of ND women in case an emergency might occur during the abortion procedure.