A Lesson in How to Not Represent North Dakotans

February 1

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about this bill by now through various media outlets. This national bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, with a few limitations. Similar measures have already passed in many states (including here in North Dakota) and in virtually every country that currently allows abortions.

This bill was recently introduced into Congress, passed the House, and was voted on by the Senate this past Monday. Senate Democrats effectively killed the bill by preventing additional debate on the subject. Our Democratic Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, voted against the bill and was obviously very enthusiastic about the results, given her post-vote “high five” with the extremely liberal Senator Chuck Schumer from New York. This sickens me when people celebrate the killing of preborn children. Further, when one of our North Dakota senators votes with one of the most liberal east-coast states, I become very worried. We are North Dakota and have very different values than New York, and I for one am proud of that!

Clearly, North Dakota legislators representing you knew that this 20-week abortion limitation was common sense protection to defend preborn children, which is why it is law in North Dakota. However, Senator Heitkamp, who is supposed to be representing our state in Congress, didn’t see fit to represent your values on this critical issue.

So, who did she represent? Planned Parenthood. Senator Heitkamp has a 100% rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. We don’t even have a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in our state, but that’s who she represented; a past campaign contributor located outside of North Dakota.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has made the protection of life, including preborn children, one of the pillars on which we stand. To quote our vision statement, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota’s vision is a state “where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished”. We will stand firm in protecting your pro-life values at the state and national level. The stakes are too high to do otherwise.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139: 13-14a (ESV)


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S. Check out my Letter to the Editor in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead responding to Planned Parenthood’s negative article about Governor Burgum signing our state’s Sanctity of Human Life Month proclamation.