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AN ACT to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an individual income tax deduction for a birth resulting in stillbirth; and to provide an effective date.

AN ACT to amend and reenact section 15.1‑19‑03.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the recitation of prayer at activities for public and nonpublic schools.

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 12.1‑23‑09, subsection 6 of section 13‑04.1‑09.2, sections 14‑03‑01, 14‑03‑08, 14‑05‑06, 14‑05‑18, 14‑07‑01, 14‑07‑03, 14‑07‑04, 14‑07‑06, 14‑07‑07, 14‑07‑08, 14‑07‑12, 14‑07‑13, and 14‑07‑14, subsection 9 of section 14‑12.2‑28, subsection 4 of section 14‑14.1‑30, sections 14‑15‑03, 14‑15‑20, 14‑18‑08, and 20.1‑03‑06, subsections 8, 29, and 32 of section 20.1‑03‑12, subdivision b of subsection 1 of section 30.1‑10‑04, sections 35‑01‑04, 47‑18‑04, 47‑18‑05, 47‑18‑14, and 50‑25.1‑10, subsection 3 of section 54‑52.4‑02, subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑31, subsection 5 of section 57‑40.3‑04, section 57‑40.3‑07, and subsection 3 of section 57‑40.5‑03 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the definition of marriage and the recognition of marital relationships.

AN ACT to create and enact a new subdivision to subsection 2 of section 57‑38‑30.3 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to an individual income tax deduction for a birth resulting in stillbirth; and to provide an effective date.

AN ACT to amend and reenact section 15.1‑19‑03.1 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the recitation of prayer at activities for public and nonpublic schools.

A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact sections 14‑02.4‑01, 14‑02.4‑02, 14‑02.4‑03, 14‑02.4‑04, 14‑02.4‑05, 14‑02.4‑06, 14‑02.4‑08, and 14‑02.4‑09, subsection 1 of section 14‑02.4‑14, sections 14‑02.4‑15, 14‑02.4‑16, and 14‑02.4‑17, subsections 1 and 2 of section 14‑02.5‑02, sections 14‑02.5‑03, 14‑02.5‑04, 14‑02.5‑05, 14‑02.5‑07, and 14‑02.5‑08, subsection 3 of section 14‑02.5‑10, subsection 11 of section 26.1‑04‑03, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑30.1‑01.1, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑39‑17, subsection 1 of section 26.1‑40‑11, and sections 26.1‑47‑04 and 27‑09.1‑02 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

My wife and I spent a few days last week visiting one of our neighboring states: South Dakota. It was very relaxing and a much-needed break from the current busyness around elections and legislative session preparation. A few things struck me on our trip.

First, we visited Mount Rushmore. It is really an amazing site and well worth a few extra hours of drive time if you are crossing the county and have never seen it. It is a great tribute to some of our founding fathers and the vision they had for our country, despite their character faults and issues. I am so glad that this monument has been spared the defacing so many other monuments have suffered lately.

Mount Rushmore is carved out of granite, one of the hardest materials on earth, second only to diamonds, and a rock that is actually tougher than diamonds. That’s pretty impressive, and undoubtedly one of the reasons why it has been used since ancient Egypt for statues and building purposes. It was meant to last, like our country. We have been through many trials as a nation: wars, the great depression, government scandals and instabilities, internal strife, but by God’s grace we’ve survived, just like the granite that symbolizes the immovable rock of faith and democracy.

The carving of Mount Rushmore took roughly 14 years to complete, and the gentleman who started it never got to see the finished product, which his son eventually finished. And that is an important point. He instilled in his son such a love for our country and the monument, that his heir was willing to finish the enormous task that his father started. How many of our sons and daughters have been taught to love our country at that level?

The second major thing I observed were the prairies. They seem to go on forever, and to be honest, sometimes in a tiresome way when you are driving for hours on end. However, my father taught me something at a young age, particularly as we moved around the country from church to church. He would say, “There is beauty in every place you find yourself, you just need to look for it.” He was a wise man.

After a while, we began to see and appreciate more of the rolling hills on our journey. We noticed the fields of crops that feed millions of people here in our country, and that also make us the largest exporter of food in the world – twice as much as the next highest country. We witnessed the diversity of wildlife that makes this land their home. In the end, we were not traveling through barren territory, but through beautiful hills that make up the heartland of our country.

As Midwesterners, we should be proud of our heritage, faith, defense of liberty and freedoms, and contributions to our country. From Mount Rushmore to the hills of grain, we are truly blessed. Let’s always remember to fight for what we have and cherish. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will always be there with you, fighting for the same values.

Thank you for your love for our country and the Midwest.

This land is your land, and this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

When the sun come shining, then I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving, the dust clouds rolling
The voice come in chanting and the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me

Select verses from This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

 

Politics is often considered a dirty word. To be honest, before I became involved with Family Policy Alliance, I shared some of that impression. Why would a Christian want to be involved in the business of potentially selling out one’s morals in the pursuit of political gains, whatever those might be? It would seem to be a game best suited to narcissists and those with less-than-pure intentions. But all is not what it seems.

I would argue that politics, like all of life, can and should be redeemed by the power of Christ. It is His indwelling of the Spirit that makes all things new, including politics. As Christians, we are called to transform all of life, including politics. So, what is your mission and duty in this regard?

Daniel 32:11 states, “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action”. Notice the second part – our faith must issue into action. James wrote an entire book of the Bible declaring that faith without works is dead, underscoring the need to act out our faith in everyday life [e.g., James 2:14-26]. To further underscore this need to act on our faith, one need look no further than eminent theologians such as John Calvin or Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the latter dying for his beliefs concerning this engagement. In short, the confession of our faith must be the starting point for political action; if we confess Christ, we can do no other.

So how must one engage? While there are several ways for Christians to engage in politics, they ultimately succeed or fail on the level of involvement and commitment of Christians in the movement. Here in our state, examples might include testifying before legislative bodies, becoming involved in campaigns of Christian candidates, or activism such as marching or holding rallies supporting Christian points of view. But what if you don’t have the time?

That is where Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® comes in. We have the mission and passion to speak and act on your behalf, defending and advancing biblical values in the political sphere. Last legislative session we testified before committees over 26 times, were able to successfully win 70% of all the bills we lobbied for (this is a high percentage), spoke to a huge number of our 141 state legislators on a regular basis, and helped elect seven candidates to positions at the state and national levels (e.g., Senator Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong). And we’re going to do it again.

We have been working with candidates on this upcoming election, preparing bills for the next legislative session, and speaking to churches and groups about engaging in the political process. We are there when you can’t be.

If this is valuable to you, won’t you consider helping us in three key ways? First, pray for our efforts – all our work is for naught if not lifted up in prayer.

Second, when we send out Action Alerts during the legislative session, please respond. They are effective and I have heard firsthand statements by legislators that their views were influenced by the significant influxes of emails and phone calls on an issue.

Finally, please consider supporting us financially. We exist solely through the gifts of ministry partners such as yourself. We have elections and the 2021 legislative session coming up – our two most intensive work times, and we could really use your support.

As Christians, engagement in politics is nonoptional. How we engage is up to us. We would be honored if you would entrust us with representing you and your biblical values. Thank you for acting on your faith in the political arena, and for fulfilling God’s calling on your life in this important way.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

We have more stories of successful chemical abortion reversals for you. As you know by now, hundreds of healthy babies have been saved through reversal, even though their mothers took the first chemical abortion pill. There are countless stories of mothers regretting a chemical abortion as soon as they took the first pill, but the great news is that there is hope for these mothers. Here are another two stories Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics do not want told.

Tina

Though married, college-educated, and in her mid-30s, Tina didn’t want to have her baby because of the stress of her job and the disapproval of her work associates. However, she felt extreme remorse and inability to sleep after taking the first chemical abortion pill. A doctor helped her successfully reverse the abortion using progesterone. “I thank God every day when I look at him. He is a healthy, beautiful boy! Without the option of the abortion pill reversal, he would not be here today.”

Shashana

After beginning her chemical abortion protocol, Shashana regretted her choice and successfully pursued abortion reversal treatment. She did this based on her own research, as her abortion clinic gave her no information about reversal options when she called to ask. She gave birth to a healthy boy.

These are just two more of the many stories across America, including right here in North Dakota, showing how children were given life, not death. Please pray that expectant mothers will hear this news and make the right decision.

If you are an expectant mother, you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com/) or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Approximately 1,000 babies have been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director