Letter: Recall chilling statements about Measure 1 in 2013 testimony

As published in the Bismarck Tribune on 11/1/14

by Janet Daley Jury, Bismarck

I find it disingenuous that supporters of Measure 1 object to out-of-state funds being used to oppose the measure, when it was out-of-staters who did most of the heavy lifting in all of the anti-abortion measures passed last session.

If you had stood in the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 29, 2013, as I did, and listened to the long-winded testimony in support of SCR4009 (now Measure 1), Margaret Sitte’s biggest support came from two people: Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D. , director of Personhood Colorado, and Anna Higgins, J.D., director of the Center for Human Dignity, Family Research Council, Washington, D.C. For more, go to

Sitte said, “This amendment is intended to present a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.”

Jones’ most chilling statement was that this amendment (was) “asserting the right of the state to use its police powers in matters that affect the protection of the health, safety, and morals of its people.”

Higgins noted, “Protecting all human life from the moment of conception … should not be limited to the narrow practice of abortion … protection should be afforded the unborn, regardless of viability, in areas such as homicide statutes, wrongful death and chemical endangerment of a child.”

Bishop David Kagan and local priests are directing their parishioners to vote yes on this measure. Opponents and volunteers with North Dakotana Against Measure 1 are demonized as puppets of Planned Parenthood. This is a painful struggle. The people of North Dakota should not be duped into thinking this measure won’t change things. It will change everything — the question is when and how — and our state legislators will now be authorized to use its “police powers” to enforce it. Please vote no.