Several days ago I posted about the anti-Measure 3 campaign (Measure 3 is the religious liberty amendment on the primary ballot) getting hundreds of thousands of dollars almost exclusively from Planned Parenthood. At the time of that post the contributions were around $400,000, but in just days that has ballooned to nearly $700,000.
As of Tuesday, North Dakotans Against Measure Three received nearly $700,000 worth of contributions this year.
Planned Parenthood is primarily financing the campaign against Measure 3 and has contributed about $650,000 worth of support. Reports indicate $380,400 was through in-kind donations.
The Planned Parenthood contributions come from across the country, but about $610,400 worth is from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota based in St. Paul.
In comparison, the Religious Liberty Restoration Amendment Committee raised $103,200 to support the measure. The Catholic Diocese of Fargo gave $20,666, while the Catholic Diocese of Bismarck and North Dakota Catholic Conference each gave $10,666.
A $20,000 contribution came from Colorado-based Citizen Link, described on its website as “a family advocacy organization that inspires men and women to live out biblical citizenship that transforms culture.”
Most of the financing to support Measure 3 comes from within the state, said Tom Freier of the North Dakota Family Alliance, which gave $10,000.
That is an astounding amount of money for an issue that, up until a few weeks ago, really hadn’t gotten a lot of attention.
The source of most of these funds – abortion industry giant Planned Parenthood – really shows what the opposition is all about. Opponents of Measure 3 have tried to bog the debate down with all sorts of wild claims about domestic violence and other blatantly criminal behavior being justified on religious grounds if the law passes, but that’s not what it’s about.
Groups like Planned Parenthood realize that if Measure 3 passes religious organizations (including hospitals and schools with ties to religion) would have more protection from public policy running contrary to religious beliefs. The standard courts use now would allow a policy requiring that all hospitals provide abortions, and that all employers provide insurance for abortions, to apply to religious organizations because that wouldn’t single out religious organizations.
But that’s an absurd standard. That the law doesn’t single out religious organizations doesn’t make the law any less burdensome to religious practice.
Planned Parenthood and others on the left don’t want Measure 3 because they want to be free to trample religious conscience with public policy. That’s wrong, and is not in keeping with notions about religious liberty this country was founded on.