Governor Dalrymple has once again declared January 18 - 24 Sanctity of Human Life Week in North Dakota.
We thank Governor Dalrymple for recognizing the intrinsic value of every human life and setting aside a week for us to remember that all life, no matter what stage of development it is at, is important and must be protected.
As we celebrate this day, let us be mindful that as pro-life people we should be joyous! While we mourn the atrocities that are committed against those who are the most vulnerable among us, we cannot forget to also celebrate life.
On Thanksgiving Day, 1963, then President John F. Kennedy proclaimed, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
In order to truly advocate for life, we must be an example for others. It is not enough to say we are pro-life, we must also live it. It is not enough to condemn the attitudes of those who do not respect life, we must also show them how to respect it.
On this Thanksgiving day, I ask you to take time to celebrate life. Give thanks for life; give thanks for your parents choosing life; give thanks for the ability to fight for the right to life of all human beings. Be a shining light for all those in the darkness and show them what living life is truly all about.