The demolition of North Dakota's first abortion clinic, the Fargo Women's Health Organization, is a newsworthy event. How ironic, a place with the benign women's health name was actually an organization that for 20 years harmed women and took the lives of countless unborn children. Some estimate as many as 20,000 children died there. Twenty thousand lives gone. All in the name of convenience, rights, preference and freedom.
Why is former Lloyd Omdahl, a former lieutenant governor in North Dakota, advocating a truce in the abortion debate in his column published Jan. 1? Omdahl gives two reasons for his desire for an armistice: • Because both sides of the abortion debate show no sign of compromise. • Because the debate causes "social turmoil." Think about it. Who would gain the most with a truce? A truce would silence the outrage over the sales of aborted baby parts financially supporting Democrats' election campaigns.
Former North Dakota representative, Kathy Hawken, claims that Planned Parenthood is one of America's most trusted reproductive health care providers. Does she know that 51 published audits of their affiliates' billing procedures have shown almost $8.5 million in fraudulent Medicaid overpayments?
Judge Neil Gorsuch is the Supreme Court Justice America needs, though, perhaps not the one it deserves. In a deeply divided nation, Gorsuch brings stability and astuteness. No one on either side of the aisle opposed Gorsuch when he was up for confirmation for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. No one has reason to oppose him now. I hope both our senators give him their full support.
One thing our own Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who is up for reelection in 2018, can do to reassure the people of North Dakota that she is willing to listen to her constituents and stand up to her party's leadership when necessary is to support her colleague Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., on his nomination for U.S. Attorney General.
Concerned Women for America of North Dakota is deeply saddened by Gov. John Kasich's veto of the Ohio "Heartbeat Bill." His decision is extremely disappointing not just for the people of Ohio but also for us in North Dakota and pro-lifers around the nation, who have worked hard to pass legislation that recognizes life in the womb. His reason for the veto, suggesting the legislation would not pass judicial scrutiny, is preposterous. It is not his role to act as a member of the judicial branch. He should have signed this bill and let the judicial process play out.