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 The purpose of this chapter is to protect unborn human life and maternal health within present constitutional limits. It reaffirms the tradition of the state of North Dakota to protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick.
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Yes, that is a quote, but where can you find it? It is the first paragraph of Chapter 14-02.1 of the state’s abortion laws embodied in our Century Code. It sets the tone and context of all that follows specifying our state laws around abortion, and also interestingly, speaks to end-of-life, value of the elderly, etc. Surprised? I was a bit.

I would certainly characterize our state as pro-life; that is hard to dispute. However, the aforementioned paragraph states that “every human life”, no matter the condition, deserves protection. That also translates, for example, into not enacting laws promoting assisted suicide (soundly defeated this session), and implicitly affirms that an unborn child represents a human life. Wow, what a statement. I am so proud of our state.

However, do we practice what we preach? Generally, yes. We’ve passed countless pro-life bills over the years, from heartbeat bills, to prohibiting abortions for genetic abnormalities, requiring chemical abortion reversal notification, banning dismemberment abortions, and others. As you might guess, some of these laws are now in the courts, but the point is that we held to our values. Just because something will be challenged, does not mean you compromise your values.

So, with all that, how do we rank among states in defending life? This is where the story gets a bit more interesting. In the latest state ranking by Americans United for Life, the de facto standard for this measure, North Dakota was ranked #12 in protecting life. This is in a deep red state, with a Republican Governor, and supermajorities of pro-life legislators in both the House and Senate – in a state that vows to, “protect every human life whether unborn or aged, healthy or sick”.

It’s not for lack of trying to be even more pro-life. There were multiple pro-life laws introduced in the 2013 legislative session and in many other sessions. Most recently, in this session, SB2030 ensured that challenge grant matching funding for public universities only went to universities that do NOT work with pro-abortion entities. I can attest that we have pro-life champions in our legislature who every session lead the charge on pro-life laws, and countless others who represent your biblical views by voting for life every time.

So, what can we do? MOBILIZE. What does that mean? It means making connections, building a network, sharing resources, and so much more. Being ready to make our voices heard in large numbers. Those on the other side of key issues already know how to do this – it’s about time we took a page from their playbook.

The second thing we can do is ELECT pro-life legislators. When I first came to North Dakota, I would have guessed we would be in the top five on that pro-life list I referenced, but then I started to look into votes on particular pro-life bills and it was a more sobering picture. Legislators I would have fully expected to support pro-life laws often voted against them. They, like all of us, need to be held accountable.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is coming out with a legislative scorecard next week: be sure to look up your senator and representatives and see how they voted on pro-life bills, as well as other important issues. Are they representing your values?

Mobilize and elect. If we do these two things, I guarantee that North Dakota will move up that ranking. We can be at the top and lead the country in the pro-life fight, but only if it’s important enough to us. Let’s make it happen.

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P.S. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is here to help you mobilize and elect the right leaders, but that takes resources. If the bills we worked on this session, the voting scorecard that will soon be distributed, and speaking to and networking with likeminded groups is of value to you, please consider financially supporting us. We can’t do this without YOU.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 21, 2021

Gov. Burgum Fails to Protect North Dakota Girls from Discrimination in Sports

(Bismarck, N.D. April 21, 2021) – Today, Governor Burgum vetoed the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, HB1298, important legislation that would have ensured a fair playing field for female athletes in North Dakota. This is the same type of legislation that over thirty states are now considering and four have already signed into law.  
Statement from Mark Jorritsma, President and Executive Director: 

“Governor Burgum today vetoed the Fairness in Girls’ Sports Bill, HB1298. It was particularly disappointing, given the clear support for the bill by the Legislature and the strong support from across the state asking him to sign the bill into law.

“He has now ensured that North Dakota girls engaged in K-12 sports competitions will be easy targets for discrimination, simply because they are female. The clock on women’s rights in North Dakota was just set back 50 years. 

“Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota appreciates the resounding support the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill received in the legislature and we now call on the House and Senate to override Governor Burgum’s troubling veto and send a strong message, letting North Dakota girls know that we support them.” 

For media inquiries or to schedule an interview with Mark Jorritsma, contact Robert Noland at:  719-308-2822 or media@familypolicyalliance.com.

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Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is a Christ-centered organization with a vision for a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

 

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.

Now that the North Dakota legislative session has concluded, I am taking time to get out and meet with more of you, our ministry partners.  I will be traveling around the state and would love to have coffee or a meal with you. That way we can get to know each other a bit better, I can recap the recent legislative session, and can hear your thoughts about things Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota should focus on. I know we are all very busy, but just a quick cup of coffee would be great.  Besides, I’m pretty sure that I have now found the best coffee shops everywhere in North Dakota!

I am so thankful for each of you.  I love meeting with you, because it is encouraging to hear how passionate you are for the causes we stand for here at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota.  Passion is what often keeps us going.  We pray for you and for our organization to be effective – and when things get challenging, it’s our passion that encourages us to do more for God’s kingdom.

We know you share that passion, so to the extent we can encourage each other over a cup of coffee to keep that flame burning brightly, God’s kingdom is furthered.  As Paul says in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Please note that in addition to meeting with all of you, we spend time working on a lot of other things between legislative sessions, such as:

As you can see, we are plenty busy when not in session, but we need your faithful financial support to accomplish all this.  If God has blessed you with the means to contribute, we greatly appreciate your help.  We’ve tried to make it easy: you can donate by simply going to our webpage and contributing with a tax deductible gift.

By God’s grace, we have been promised that His kingdom shall prevail. Let’s be part of ushering in His kingdom now in all walks of life, including politics, and may we never lose our passion for doing that.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director