State Sen. Olafson’s suggestion that the Defense of Human Life Act was not worthy of a roll-call vote in the Senate is absurd. The bill overwhelmingly passed the North Dakota House, 68-25, and received a 5-1 'do pass' recommendation from the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Paul Maloney, Tom Freier and Janne Myrdal
, April 29, 2011
Many proponents stated that the purpose of the bill was to challenge Roe v. Wade. The coalition that brought the bill forward included out-of-state extremists who have been working unsuccessfully for years in many states to pass similar legislation. They want to challenge Roe v. Wade and put the taxpayers of North Dakota on the hook for footing the bill.
As an attorney who has been professionally engaged in the pro-life movement for more than 20 years (and has represented members of the North Dakota Legislature in “friend-of-the-court” briefs in the Supreme Court), I do not believe that it is in the interest of the pro-life movement to have Roe reaffirmed yet again.
It is clear that with its handling of this bill, the Senate has embarrassed itself, the Legislature and the state.
, April 16, 2011
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