Governor Burgum has signed SB2030! He line-item vetoed one penalty clause, but it still accomplishes what we all wanted: public university campuses either have to follow the pro-life provisions or lose the challenge grants.

A big thank you goes out to Governor Burgum for signing this incredibly important bill into law, and thank you to all of you for your emails, phone calls, and other input you provided to the Governor’s office on this bill!

Please don’t forget to thank the Governor personally, using this link. He needs to know how much we appreciate his courage on a bill that was hard-fought by both sides. It is truly a blessed day in North Dakota.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

PS. If you want to help us continue to move forward with pro-life and pro-family victories in the future, please consider a generous donation in support of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota today.

My most recent weekly email was entitled, “A Time for Legislators to be Bold”. It spoke about the Biden Administration’s assault on families and pro-life values and made the point that with ND legislative sessions only every other year, there will be a two-year period where we as a state have little to no recourse to stand for our state’s traditional values, while being trampled by the Left’s agenda. The email was a call to action for legislators to be bold and take stands NOW to anticipate and address the edicts coming from DC. The legislative session has now ended, and I have to ask, were our legislators bold?

The answer is both yes and no. Yes, the legislature passed bills to codify freedom of speech on public university campuses, allow those in state institutions greater freedom to worship according to their beliefs, increase individual income tax credits for charitable contributions, stop the legalization of recreational marijuana, and other important goals. These were all wins from our perspective at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota, and hard-fought wins in many cases.

We were very honored to be part of the efforts behind all these bills, as were many other organizations and individuals, and were pleased that the legislature and Governor stepped up and were bold. If that were the end of the story, it would be a fairy tale ending, but it’s not.

There were very important bills where the legislature and Governor Burgum were not bold and listened to the voices of special interests instead of yours. The most obvious of these was the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, HB1298. It very simply would ensure that girls’ sports would be reserved for biological females and that they wouldn’t be forced to compete against biological boys. Makes sense, right? The House thought so, but the Governor vetoed the bill and then upon reconsideration in the Senate, enough senators voted against it to kill it. A similar story played out with a number of education bills that would have provided more educational choice in our state. They were defeated in both the House and Senate, depending on the particular bill.

Finally, one important bill remains, SB2030, the pro-life bill that would prohibit public universities from using challenge grant money to fund any entity that is associated with abortions. It passed both chambers by large margins and is still sitting with Governor Burgum, despite the fact that session has ended. We will see what he does with it. It could be decided later today.

So, was our legislature bold? Many times it was, and we thank them for it. However, on some key pro-family bills it was not, and that is sad. While we as an organization are nonpartisan, I still would have thought that a “deep red” state, with Republican supermajorities in both the House and Senate, and a Republican governor, would have passed these important bills. Apparently, I was expecting too much.

What now? The fight goes on. Between sessions, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota works to inform and mobilize voters to get more involved with political issues and exercise biblical citizenship. We are here to help make your voices heard on key bills, like those described above, and on critical issues that arise between sessions. We desperately need that right now in today’s political and cultural war.

We at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota don’t want a few voices speaking up for biblical values, for girls, for the unborn. We want an avalanche of voices! We want to make it impossible for members of the legislature and Governor Burgum to ignore you and your values.

For North Dakota,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S. In an upcoming email I plan to summarize more of the key wins and losses from this session.

In case you missed it earlier this week, HB 1298, the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, was sent to Governor Burgum for his signature. Despite our hope that he would sign it into law, he instead opted to veto the bill, leaving girls’ sports open for male participation across North Dakota.

Yesterday, both the House and Senate voted to attempt to override Governor Burgum’s veto of this important bill. The bill reconsideration successfully surpassed the 2/3 vote requirement for override in the House by a vote of 68-25. The effort however fell short of the 2/3 vote requirement in the Senate on a 28-19 vote.

We are so disappointed with Governor Burgum and the North Dakota Senate members who did not take a stand on this issue to protect North Dakota girls. We are also very sad for all those girls who will have to face the resulting discrimination and injustice of competing against biological boys in their female sports.

We do want to highlight the steadfast support and determination that the bill’s primary sponsor, Representative Ben Koppelman, demonstrated at every legislative step for HB 1298. His help and leadership, and that of the bill’s cosponsors, was indispensable. The North Dakota House of Representatives was also bold and resolute in its efforts to pass this important legislation.

Lastly, I want to thank you for providing input to your legislators on this bill in recent weeks. We greatly appreciate your efforts to pass this pro-family legislation; your engagement is perhaps the most important, because no matter what, every legislator has to be responsive and accountable to his/her district’s constituents.

The legislature is set to continue for a few more days, adjourning sometime next week. Stay tuned in coming days for more details on some of the amazing accomplishments we saw in this legislative session – you won’t want to miss it!

Best regards,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

As you now know, Governor Burgum unfortunately vetoed the Girls’ Fairness in Sports bill. Both the House and Senate have agreed to reconsider the bills, but we need a 2/3rds majority in both chambers to override the veto.

The biggest challenge will be in the Senate, and that’s why I am asking for your help.

NOTE THAT THE VOTES IN BOTH CHAMBERS ARE LIKELY TO BE LATER TODAY.

Please contact our Senators asap and ask them to vote for HB1298 one last time. You can use our automated email center to send your email to all Senators at once. Just click here.

Thank you for your help in protecting our North Dakota girls.

For North Dakota girls,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

The clock is ticking. Governor Burgum has just three days to decide the fate of the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill (HB1298). It’s all come down to this, and if you want to make a difference to keep the playing field level for North Dakota girls, this is your last chance.

Please call and email Governor Burgum now and ask him to sign HB1298 into law. In particular, if you have a girl in sports, having her also call the Governor could make a huge impression. You can reach the Governor at (701) 328-2200 or you can email him directly by clicking here.

Thank you for protecting our state’s female athletes!

For North Dakota girls,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Sometimes political issues can get very muddled. Opponents of the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill are trying to do just that with HB1298: muddle it.

They have created a huge closet full of “bogeymen”, including apocalyptic adverse economic impacts, politically correct victimhood scenarios, a “ban” of some sort that prevents some kids from playing in all sports, the specter of girls not being able to play on boys’ teams, and more. I could spend the next 1,000 words demonstrating that all these fears are unfounded or overblown, but we’ve done it before and it doesn’t seem to matter to them. The Left wants us to fixate on these issues, because it prevents us from seeing the real issue:


Biological boys beat biological girls at sports, even when they identify as transgender
.
Period. The end.

 

As a result, girls across North Dakota are going to be the victims of this discrimination if HB1298 is not passed. That’s the whole message. It’s that simple.

Make no mistake, this is our watershed moment to protect our girls. Whether we protect them or abandon them now, it will be part of our lasting legacy. I don’t want to have to tell my daughter or future granddaughter that I didn’t value her enough to protect the rights that generations of women won for her over the years.

If this issue matters to you, if you want to make a difference, then please email or call Governor Burgum and ask him to sign HB1298 into law, for the sake of North Dakota girls. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or you can email him directly using the following link. Sign HB1298 into Law.

NOW is the time to be involved. Not tomorrow. Not next week. It will be too late then. Please take just a couple minutes and let Governor Burgum know you value our girls and hope that he will protect their opportunities and accomplishments.

Thank you!


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

I’ve been pondering this question for the past couple weeks. What would the Lord have us do as His church during this COVID-19 pandemic? I’m not now primarily talking about the church as an institution, but about you and me, the church as a body of believers.

I appreciated Governor Burgum’s recognition of the role of the faith community last week. He acknowledged that we are a vital part of providing hope and support to North Dakotans during this difficult time. However, it’s very likely that things are going to get worse in our state before getting better, so what is our response?

Here are some of the responsibilities I believe the church has when it comes to this pandemic.

As the church, we represent the bride of Christ and are His hands and feet in a hurting world. Let’s take that mantle seriously and show the world, and particularly our state, that Christians are different. We don’t just attend services on Sunday and try to deal honestly with our neighbors and business associates. As C.S. Lewis put it, “We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.”

When the world seems to be crumbling around us, let’s point to the stable rock on whom our faith rests – our Savior. People see the Savior through us, so let’s make sure that happens during this crisis!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

Church Leaders: If you are looking for resources on how to minister during this time of pandemic, one of our allied policy organizations has created an excellent website with resources just for you. www.COVIDChurchAid.org

Governor Burgum signed House Bill 1546, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban, a few weeks ago. This new law will make it illegal to perform a dismemberment abortion on a living preborn child. Dismemberment of any living human is barbaric and inhumane, and Governor Burgum has stood to protect our preborn children who can’t speak for themselves. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® was proud to help support this critical legislation sponsored by Representative Luke Simons from District 36.

A ceremonial signing for HB 1546 was held today and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was invited to participate (see above photo).  Primary sponsor Rep. Simons, other co-sponsoring legislators, and allied organizations who helped make this possible were also invited and are pictured above.

Governor Burgum heard from many constituents and organizations, expressing strong viewpoints on this bill. This included many of you voicing your support, and we thank you for your involvement in making this proposed legislation a reality.

Governor Burgum has stood alongside North Dakotans and held fast to his pro-life stance on this critical piece of legislation. Please thank him for signing this bill into North Dakota law. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or by email through his website.

We are truly blessed to have a Governor who supports life for all citizens of our state, including preborn children. Let’s make sure he knows it!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

This week my email is brief. I want to say thank you to Governor Burgum.

Governor Burgum has certainly done things in the past that uphold and support the pro-life and pro-family values you cherish, but this session in particular he signed House Bill 1336. As you are familiar by now, this bill strengthened North Dakota’s abortion informed consent laws so that women have access to information that a chemical abortion may be reversible if they change their mind. Governor Burgum signed the bill and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was proud to help support this critical legislation sponsored by Representative Dan Johnston from District 24.

A ceremonial signing for HB 1336 was held today and Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota was invited to participate (see above photo). Primary Sponsor Rep. Johnston, other co-sponsoring legislators, and allied organizations who helped make this possible are also pictured. If you have a chance, please also thank them for their involvement.

In addition to HB 1336, we want to thank Governor Burgum for his recent proclamation for prayer on behalf of those affected by flooding in our state. His willingness to issue this proclamation again underscores his compassion and love for North Dakotans, especially in times of crisis.

Please join us in thanking Governor Burgum for these two excellent actions. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or by sending him a message to him through his webpage. While you are thanking him, please also ask for his support on House Bill 1546, the ban on dismemberment abortions. The bill will likely reach his desk next week for his signature. Thank you and have a blessed week.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

We have only one step left before House Bill 1336 becomes law – Governor Burgum must sign HB 1336!

Pro-life activists need to speak up now — please call Governor Burgum’s office today (701-328-2200) and ask him to sign HB 1336.

Pro-abortion activists are trying to pressure the governor into vetoing this legislation. We need to make sure pro-life voices are also heard.

 All you have to do is politely leave a message requesting that Governor Burgum sign HB 1336 into law — that’s it!

Remember, House Bill 1336 requires that a woman considering a chemical abortion be given information about how she can save her baby’s life if she changes her mind part-way into the process. Almost 70 percent of women who have changed their minds and sought immediate medical attention for an abortion-pill reversal were able to successfully deliver a healthy baby from this proven medical procedure!

Take action today by calling Governor Burgum at 701-328-2200 because women have the right to know!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma