Every few months Planned Parenthood attempts to sell North Dakotans a package of misinformation served with a dose of self-congratulatory promotion. This time their excuse is Gov. Doug Burgum’s important but benign proclamation of January to be Sanctity of Human Life Month.

Planned Parenthood’s Amy Jacobson claims, for example, that a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. She fails to point out, however, that the very same poll she cites shows that only 29 percent of the public believe abortion should be legal in all circumstances, which is essentially the holding in Roe v. Wade. Polls by Gallup and Marist show that most Americans oppose abortions in most circumstances and support laws limiting or prohibiting those abortions.

She says nothing about the opinions of North Dakotans except to drag out the tired canard that voters defeated a measure to ban all abortions — a claim about the measure that not even most of its opponents made at the time.

Jacobson acknowledges that abortion rates have dropped in recent decades but claims without any supporting evidence that the drop is due to more access to birth control and “comprehensive sex education.” In fact, states with greater access to state-funded contraception have higher abortion rates. Moreover, abortion rates are lower in states like North Dakota with common sense restrictions like parental consent, reflection periods and no taxpayer funding. Not surprisingly, no consideration is given to the impact in recent years of the work of pro-life pregnancy centers and advancements in technology that reveals more clearly the humanity of the unborn child.

Why all the subterfuge? Perhaps it is because the entire abortion rights movement rests on a lie — a lie about the humanity of the unborn child. The culture of life is grounded on facts and science accepted by more and more Americans and that scares Planned Parenthood.

Christopher Dodson, Bismarck

Christopher Dodson is executive director and general counsel for the North Dakota Catholic Conference.

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