In January, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed a deceptive “Sanctity of Human Life Month” proclamation. The proclamation uses the language of groups that work to ban abortion without exceptions and is an affront to women and the voters of North Dakota who rejected such strident language.

January also marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, reminding us of our history before safe and legal abortion — and what could again become a reality for women across the country.

This historic ruling affirmed that the U.S. Constitution protects each person’s right to privacy, including the privacy of all women to make their own medical decisions. In the four decades since Roe, we have seen abortion rates drop nationwide, as more and more people have access to birth control and comprehensive sex education.

A recent Pew Research Center poll confirms that the majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and about seven in 10 oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. And North Dakotans agree. In 2014, voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have banned abortion with no exceptions by a 2:1 vote.

Politicians shouldn’t be making out-of-touch proclamations or decisions for women about their pregnancies or families. No matter who occupies the Oval Office, holds a majority in Congress, or sits in the state Legislature, Planned Parenthood will fight to ensure abortion remains safe and legal for future generations. We must replace "fake news" with facts and have honest conversations about abortion in America today.

For more than 100 years, Planned Parenthood has provided education and resources to help people stay healthy, care for their families, and reach their life goals — and we will be here for generations to come.

Amy Jacobson, Fargo

Amy Jacobson is North Dakota state director, external affairs, for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota.

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