A Minot lawmaker wants the North Dakota legislature to make it clear when life begins.
A bill heard today doesn’t neccesarily ban abortion, but Representative Dan Ruby says the legislation attempts to protect life.
The bill says human life begins at conception and makes it a crime to injure or kill an unborn child with some medical exceptions. Donnell Preskey has the story of a Sioux City Iowa woman who traveled over 500 miles to speak out on the issue.
Melssa Ohden was not supposed to be here… (Melissa Ohden) “I COME TO YOU AS A FAILED ABORTION ATTEMPT – 1977…” Melissa calls herself the voice for the voiceless… At 19 Melissa’s mom went to have an abortion..
INTENT OF SOLUTION WAS TO SCALD ME TO DEATH FROM OUTSIDE IN… 72 HOURS – 5 DAYS… NO MEDICAL REASON WHY I SURVIVED..
At 2 pounds 14 ounces baby Melissa was gasping for air… fighting to live… SAD, NO PROTECTION FOR ME AS A CHILD, SOMEONE WHO HAD NO PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. Now she fights for others… I KNOW MY EXPERIENCE IS UNQUE AS A SURVIVOR… BUT THINK THAT I SHOULDN’T BE HERE TODAY. TELL MY DAUGHTER MY LIFE WASN’T WORTH DEFENDING. Olivia made her presence known at the hearing doing what toddlers do..
So while lawmakers take on the controversial issue they are reminded of how precious life is… THINK NEED TO HAVE LEGISLATION IN PLACE TO DEFEND LIVES LIKE MINE..
Since 1973 there have been over 40,000 abortions in North Dakota.
The only abortion clinic is in Fargo.
Representative Ruby says he’s unsure if this bill will challenge Roe versus Wade