Earlier this month, I wrote about Emmons County becoming the first county in North Dakota to pass a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution. To be technically accurate, they amended out the word “Sanctuary” and substituted it with “Advocate”. But the remaining language stayed the same.
Some may argue that the Emmons County resolution was a meaningless non-binding political statement. Yet, the fact remains that we continue to see examples of people across the nation rising up to say they’ve had enough. And violating the Second Amendment isn’t the only issue that causes such feelings.
While I’m not yet at liberty to share any details, I can tell you that it’s almost a certainty we will see a proposal next Legislative Session to make North Dakota the first Sanctuary State for Life in the country. That’s right— there’s a movement afoot to tell the federal government to go pound sand on the issue.
Because of the controversial nature of the horrific act we know as “abortion”, such legislation will undoubtedly put the Peace Garden State in the national news. Many will argue that such a law would be unconstitutional — even unenforceable — as a result of the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Roe v. Wade.
But remember, we’re talking about nullification here— an act of defiance against the federal government. And believe it or not, it wouldn’t be the first time that the State of North Dakota engaged in such a thing.
Let’s not forget that in 2016 the voters approved of Medical Marijuana with nearly 65% of the vote— something that remains illegal at the federal level. And while the Legislature had to “fix” the measure in the 2017 Legislative Session, it’s all part of the North Dakota Century Code (i.e. state law) today. We can certainly argue about the efficiency of its implementation, but at the end of the day the reality stands— North Dakota defied the federal government on the issue of Medical Marijuana.
Another argument that will inevitably surface is that this will only end up costing the state money. Between court costs and the withholding of federal funds — along with whatever other financial mechanism they might come up with — the feds are sure to sock it to us, right? Perhaps, but if we truly believe these are unborn lives that are being taken, is the cost too high?
And let’s not forget, there’s no federal agency that comes in to enforce abortion laws— not a single one.
In 2017, over 860,000 abortions were performed nation-wide— over 1,100 of those were in North Dakota. Should pro-life states continue to sit back and allow the modern day holocaust continue within their borders, just because the federal government has stepped outside of their bounds and told them they have to? Is it even acceptable to continue with business as usual because we’re afraid to lose federal kickbacks?
These — and many other questions — will be debated as this piece of legislation materializes. And I think it’s past time that the debate take place. There’s no shame in being unapologetically pro-life.
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