Last Sunday, my wife Kris and I joined with others on the steps of the North Dakota Capitol in -14 degree wind chill weather to stand with other pro-life North Dakotans and declare that every human life is precious and deserves protection.
Today (Friday, Jan. 22), in spite of blizzard warnings, thousands from across the country are coming together for the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Last year I was able to march with the hundreds of
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North Dakotans who attended. And, although I am unable to join with the 500 North Dakotans there this year, Kris and I want them to know we are thinking about them today.
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand in our nation. Today we march and remember the 57 million lives lost and the mothers of these unborn babies who are wounded by abortion.
The gruesome videos released last year that revealed Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby body parts have heightened the awareness of the this national organization’s cavalier and misdirected attitudes toward the unborn. More and more Americans are realizing that federal funds should not support any organization that might be complicit in these disturbing allegations. The legislation Congress sent to President Obama this month, which he vetoed, would have re-directed federal funds toward a broader network of community health centers across the nation that provide more comprehensive health services to women.
North Dakota women would have benefited from this legislation, since the state has no Planned Parenthood clinics, while there are 71 health centers in the state which could have provided the comprehensive health services.
Being pro-life is being pro-woman. The victims are not only the unborn babies, but also the mothers whose lives are forever wounded by abortions. Women in this country deserve better.
I never cease to be amazed and inspired by the thousands of activists who come to Washington every year to fight for the most vulnerable of our citizens who are unable to fight for themselves. My thoughts are with all the marchers today. I encourage them to stay in this fight and want them to know they have a Congressman in Washington who stands with them.