In a strange twist on abortion activism, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple reportedly received death threats after signing legislation March 22 that bans abortion when a heartbeat can be detected — at about six weeks of pregnancy — along with laws that prohibit sex-selective abortions and abortions that target children with genetic anomalies such as Down syndrome. LifeSiteNews.com reported that the administrator of the pro-abortion Stand Up For Women ND Facebook page was forced to post a message urging pro-abortion activists not to become violent against the governor for signing the pro-life measures into law.
“We have received word that Governor Dalrymple is receiving death threats,” the Facebook page's owner wrote. “Please, friends, do not make these inappropriate threats against ANYONE, and please urge your friends to do the same.” The urgent message added: “PLEASE NO CRIMINAL THREATS! NO VIOLENCE! We want stoic, respectful solidarity or we will not be taken seriously.” (Emphases in original.)
A few abortion supporters were skeptical that the threats were legitimate, going as far as accusing pro-life activists of instigating the violent rhetoric in order to cast aspersions on “pro-choice” efforts. “I doubt people are sending death threats,” offered one individual. “Until you have a credible source, I wouldn't use these fear tactics.” But the owner of the Stand Up for Women ND Facebook page confirmed that the threat “was credible, and remains so. It is currently being investigated. They have traced the threats to somewhere in Richland County.”
According to LifeSite, Gov. Dalrymple's spokesman, Jeff Zent, told a local news site that the governor had received more than 3,000 calls and e-mails about the bills — some of them highly emotional in nature. “Some of the calls have been a little extreme in the messages, but for the most part people want to let the governor know their feelings,” Zent said. A member of the governor's staff told LifeSite that there were plenty of comments in favor of the bills, with feedback to the governor running about even for both sides.
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