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.
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.