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.