Dr. Richard Leigh was focal point for protests following Roe v. Wade Dr. Richard Leigh, the longtime Grand Forks physician who was both praised and vilified as one of North Dakota’s only doctors performing abortions through the 1970s and 1980s, died Thursday at a hospice near his home in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
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.
I wonder how many North Dakota legislators voted yes to challenge Roe v. Wade, but then voted no on eliminating smoking in bars and motels?
, March 01, 2009
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