I’m going to get right to the point: this email is about money.

By the grace of God, our ministry has had a strong legislative year here in ND, with many pro-life and pro-family wins. Last year we had huge wins getting godly men and women elected into key state and federal offices. We have six Statesmen Academy graduates now serving in our legislature. And the list goes on…

The reality is that this all takes money and we want to grow to do more. We are grateful to the Lord for His provision and to you for your dedication. Words cannot measure our gratitude. But the other side is spending millions to promote a culture of death, an assault on faith, and a deconstruction of the family. Planned Parenthood fights our state’s pro-life laws in court, the LGBT community actively promotes laws that would erode religious freedoms, and legislators feel pressure on a continual basis pushing them to waver on their biblical beliefs.

That’s why we need to close our fiscal year strong by raising $42,246 by the end of our fiscal year (September 30th). Can you help us reach this goal with a generous gift today?

I’m going to be honest with you. This isn’t a crisis email where if you don’t respond today the lights get shut off tomorrow. Instead, it’s an opportunity to surpass the revenue raised last year and begin the next fiscal year in a strong position to defend life and freedom across our state!

We all know 2020 will be a big year, and we know that the Left will pour millions of dollars into North Dakota to advance their agenda, including:

Your support today to help us reach this goal will allow us to continue to lead the charge – not just hold the line, but actually gain ground for our shared values moving forward. I hope we can count on you.

Blessings,

Mark Jorritsma
President & Executive Director

I’d like to talk about the good and the bad concerning the state of abortions laws and prevalence of abortion in our state. Let me start with the good news.

The state of North Dakota has quite a few laws that protect preborn children. Some of the more significant North Dakota laws:

Further, we just passed two laws this past legislative session which help reinforce our protection of preborn children: notification of potential chemical abortion reversal and a ban on dismemberment abortions. We also have a decidedly pro-life legislature and a pro-life Governor. Despite this, not all the news is good.

Let’s look at how North Dakota compares to other states regarding abortion statistics. Our state experiences roughly 1,200 abortions per year. That equates to a rate of 8 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, and the rate has stayed pretty much the same for a number of years. That may seem low, but it means our state has only the 17th lowest abortion rate in the nation (i.e., there are 16 states with lower abortion rates). That puts us one-third the way down the list.

What’s my point? We have work to do in North Dakota, but we are perfectly positioned to further strengthen our pro-life stance. All the pieces are there. Now we just need the resolve and wisdom to do something about it, particularly with the current pro-life legislation sweeping the nation.

A verse I often quote is Daniel 11:32b, “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” We know our God. He is a God of love, of life, and of justice.  But now we need to wake up Christians. Wake up churches. Seize this opportunity. Now is the time to take action!

Sincerely,


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days.

Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a

I had an interesting conversation recently with my uncle who lives in St. Louis. I was telling him about my work with Family Policy Alliance® here in North Dakota and he interrupted me and said, “Oh, I know about Family Policy Alliance. They have that Statesmen Academy℠ where they train politicians on how to act on their faith once they’re elected, right? I think that’s great and really makes your organization stand out, because I don’t know of anyone else doing that.”

I was surprised at his statement, but why? After all, he described it well, knew what it was called, and knew that no other organization was doing the same thing.  I was surprised because out of all the things Family Policy Alliance does at the national level and here in North Dakota, that was the one thing that stuck with him. Why?

First, people get it. As with my uncle, it’s a concept that people see as concrete and easily measured. They know that the Statesmen Academy will make a difference in populating our state legislatures with Godly men and women, in an era in which legislators holding Judeo-Christian moral beliefs are facing evermore hostile media and highly divisive politics.

Second, they can picture the power of the program. Our Statesmen Academy graduates were primary sponsors of bills honoring life, parental rights, and freedom in school choice. Because of the principles on which our Statesmen stand, now North Dakotan woman have to right to know chemical abortions might be reversed, homeschool families have more freedom, and dismemberment abortions are banned.

I deeply respect and am so appreciative of our three Statesmen Academy graduates currently in the legislature: Representatives Dan Johnston, Luke Simons, and Michelle Strinden.

With three current Statesmen Academy graduates, and three more planning to attend this year’s Academy in July, three will become six. What if next year we can find five more, and then seven the next, and so on? Pretty soon you have an empowered force with incredible momentum in the halls of the Capitol who will work hard to advance policy in a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Won’t you help us with this important task? Your financial support will go a long way to preserving and expanding biblical values in our state legislature. If you give today, your tax-deductible gift will currently be DOUBLED, thanks to a $140,000 matching grant provided by generous ministry partners.

I see a future. A future where Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota, our Statesmen Academy graduates, and other Christian legislators all work together to preserve and advance biblical values at a never-imagined level. Let’s make it a reality!

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 are almost there on House Bill 1546, which would ban dismemberment abortions on preborn infants— the Senate still needs to pass the bill with a floor vote!

The Senate will take this floor vote very soon, so we need your help contacting your senator NOW. We have made it easy for you to urge your senator to vote in support of House Bill 1546 by sending a message through our Action Center!

Remember, this bill would make it illegal to perform a dismemberment abortion on a living preborn child. This type of abortion procedure is gruesome and essentially tears the baby apart while it is alive and can feel pain. Dismemberment of any living human is barbaric and inhumane, and our preborn children can’t speak for themselves. Only you can!

Take action today and urge your senator to vote in favor of this bill, because no preborn child should ever have to endure this horrible procedure!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

I often ask for your prayers, calls to action, and financial support. During legislative sessions, making your voices heard to your legislators is especially powerful. Likewise, without your financial support, we couldn’t be at the Capitol testifying and working with legislators to pass good bills and stop bad ones. However, I want to talk about prayer.

It is not coincidental that I ask for your prayers first in my list of three ways you can help Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® fight for your values. However, in addition to your prayers for our organization, what would happen if we prayed for our legislators? If we prayed for their health, their families, and for wisdom and strength in standing for scriptural values? The legislative session can be brutal on legislators, given their workloads and time away from their families.

Regardless of political party, personal beliefs, or voting record, all 141 legislators need our prayers.

In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, the Apostle Paul says, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” So, I ask you to pray for our senators and representatives each of the remaining days of this legislative session. We are halfway through the session already and final votes will be taken very soon that will advance or defeat important bills.

I also ask that you pray for Governor Burgum. He will need to make important decisions as bills make their way to his desk for signature. We ask that God may give him wisdom and strength to make the right decisions for North Dakotans and their values.

Prayer changes things, even in the political arena. Let’s never presume to limit our Father and what He can do for us, His children, if we call upon His name.

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

We have only one step left before House Bill 1336 goes to Governor Burgum for his signature— the Senate needs to pass the bill with a floor vote!

The Senate will take this floor vote very soon, so we need your help contacting your senator NOW. We have made it easy for you to urge your senator to vote in support of House Bill 1336 by sending a message through our Action Center!

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 clicking here because women have the right to know!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

As I predicted in last week’s email, the North Dakota legislature is off to a fast start after its recess. On Monday, I testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of two pro-life bills. HB 1336 would ensure that women seeking an abortion would be fully informed that chemical abortions can be reversed after taking the first of two pills. Testimony in favor of the bill was provided by many pro-life organizations and medical professionals from across North Dakota and it was particularly noteworthy that the doctors confirmed that abortion pill reversal was effective, safe for the mother, and a verified medical procedure. We want to thank Representative Dan Johnston for sponsoring this great bill!

The second bill was HB 1546. It would ban the gruesome dismemberment of live preborn children while still in their mother’s womb. There was also significant testimony in favor of this bill and we thank Representative Luke Simons for sponsoring this excellent piece of legislation. Both Representatives Johnston and Simons are graduates of our Statesmen Academy and we are so proud of the way they are integrating their faith into the policy arena by sponsoring bills such as these.

In addition to these bills, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota took positions and testified on bills related to expanding teaching opportunities for home schoolers, providing safety information to school children, and increasing income tax credits for donations to private schools. We also conducted research on bills, talked with legislators, monitored floor votes, and created action alerts for you, our ministry partners. And all that was just on Monday and Tuesday of this week!

We thank you for your prayers, action you’ve taken such as contacting legislators, and financial support. We also greatly appreciate your prayers and messages of support you regularly provide to us on social media and in emails. Your support means the world to us and we are blessed to represent you and your biblical values.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

Now is the time to act to protect life in North Dakota! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings today, March 4, on one of the very important pro-life issues we’ve been fighting for. They must hear from you on this bill!

House Bill 1336 on Chemical Abortion Reversal Information has now crossed over to the Senate and their Judiciary Committee is listening to testimony and helping decide the fate of this bill before it goes to a floor vote. As a reminder, this bill would require 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. But to reverse the process, she must get immediate medical attention. Therefore, it’s vital that a woman knows all of her options prior to having a chemical abortion.

The story of baby Gabriel, in the above video, shows the kind of pressure endured by many women in crisis pregnancies. Notice that when Gabriel’s teen mom told the abortionist that she did not want to take the RU486 abortion medications, he reminded her of the circumstances in which she found herself and coerced her to go through with the abortion.

Over one-third of early-stage abortions take place with two doses of chemical abortion pills over the course of two or three days. However, after the first dose, almost 70 percent of women who have changed their minds and sought immediate medical attention were able to successfully deliver a healthy baby! We believe all women considering chemical abortion as an option have the right to know that if they change their mind, they may have a chance to save their baby.

Please click here to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote “Do Pass” on House Bill 1336 – because women have the right to know!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director