Legislation on the Horizon to Make ND a Sanctuary State for Life

Baby at 20 weeks. (Photo via WebMD.)

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.



1. https://theminutemanblog.com/2020/02/04/emmons-county-nd-votes-5-0-to-become-2nd-amendment-sanctuary/

2. https://ballotpedia.org/North_Dakota_Medical_Marijuana_Legalization,Initiated_Statutory_Measure_5(2016)

3. https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states

4. https://lozierinstitute.org/abortion-reporting-north-dakota-2017/

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T. Arthur Mason is a native North Dakotan who has spent nearly all of his life in the Peace Garden State. As the third of four children in Western North Dakota, Mason grew to appreciate family and the outdoors. Some of his fondest memories are annual deer hunts with family and friends. In his early teenage years, faith became a central part of T. Arthur Mason's life. He and the majority of his family attend church together on a weekly basis and find this a fulfilling aspect of their lives. Through the influence of his father, T. Arthur Mason became intrigued with politics. As a boy, he attended political events with his father and enjoyed the friendships that resulted as a byproduct of those political associations. As Mason grew older, he became convinced that the quote often attributed to Thomas Jefferson was true, "That government is best which governs least." Today, T. Arthur Mason enjoys time with his wife and children, an occasional hunt, and an increasingly active life on the political scene. This blog is the fulfillment of a dream to design a web site in the realm of politics and to advocate for the principles of Liberty and constitutionally limited government. On behalf of all those that contribute to The Minuteman, we hope you enjoy your time on the site and will share the message with others.