Is Infighting at ND Right to Life Distracting from their Mission?

Back in June of 2019, I wrote about the oldest pro-life organization in the state, North Dakota Right to Life (NDRL), and its current Executive Director Medora Nagle. Ms. Nagle had posted a remark on Facebook about swerving to hit any future motorcyclist who might pass between her and any other vehicle. You can see the post below.

At the time, I posed the question of whether Nagle can be trusted to effectively lead with gaffe’s like this? For us, it really became a question of credibility in leading a pro-life organization “dedicated to protecting the lives of every human life from fertilization to natural death.”

Unfortunately, it appears Nagle isn’t the only one on the NDRL Executive Committee with leadership issues.

Last Thursday, long-time member and President of NDRL, Gary Artz, resigned over a grievance filed by Nagle. Apparently there’s been an ongoing dispute over — wait for it — a Christmas card. I’m not joking. Artz took issue with a Christmas card in which he felt Nagle showed cleavage. He even returned it to her with a note expressing his disappointment— something she obviously didn’t take very well. The card in question can be seen below. I’ll let you judge for yourself how scandalous it is.

What ensued was tenured members of the Executive Committee volleying scathing letters back and forth with Artz during the month of January. Oddly enough, January is also the month organizations like NDRL are supposed to be gearing up for the annual March For Life.

In addition, these same members of the Executive Committee are also alleged to have requested a secret meeting without President Artz’s knowledge— in hopes of forcing his resignation. It really became quite the debacle.

You can obviously determine for yourself where you stand on the squabbling. But this I know— Infighting cripples the effectiveness of organizations.

As the internal battles wage on at NDRL, innocent, voiceless human beings are losing their lives. These so-called “leaders” have seemingly lost focus of why they came together in the first place.

Note: Letters of communication between members of the Executive Committee are embedded at the end of this article.






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