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Janne Myrdal, Published October 01 2010

Impressed by Bristol Palin’s voice for abstinence and life

I am glad The Perry Center of West Fargo has invited Bristol Palin to speak at an Oct. 7 fundraiser. Concerned Women for America of North Dakota supports this work that is so vital in the fight for the unborn children and their families.

I have worked in the pro-life movement for more than 20 years. Been there, done that as far as walked through some of those intense and hard times with women of all ages who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. Life stories – tragic and good, shocking and redeeming – all mixed in with the walk of life on earth we are all engaged in. What does that have to do with Palin visiting Fargo?

I have been hearing rumblings of negativity about Palin’s appearance, from the liberal left, of course, who tremble and lose all their sensibilities when they hear the name Palin. No surprises there – actually expected and even entertaining to be honest. No, it is the criticism from some church folks that really got me to write.

I am deeply impressed with Palin’s courage and strong voice for abstinence and life. She is not even 20 years old, yet she has the courage and strength that most of us may not get until later in life. Her entire life and scars have been laid out for the world to see, yet she is still willing to get out there and share for the good of others. She has turned some really tough circumstances around and is now a single parent, which is no easy feat.

If only more of those who have gone through this experience would come forward and speak – be a testimony of truth and restoration to those in need!

Welcome the wisdom of this young woman into your city. She is part of the process of healing and truth that our youth needs to hear, so that we can restore the truth about life, the beauty of abstinence until marriage and expose the tragic consequences of abortion and disease that is an epidemic among our youth.

So, set aside politics for one evening, for those of you who may not support Palin’s mom’s political views. So often it is easier to judge than to bless, to cast stones than to forgive, to blame than to take responsibility. We all need to work together for life. Put down “the stones” that you may have picked up, for if we for one moment do not think Palin’s journey could have been ours, we better take another look inside our hearts and another deep look at the cross.

At the foot of the cross the ground is level, I was once told. It is becoming truer every day! “Whoever is without sin, cast the first stone.”


Myrdal is state director for Concerned Women for America.