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Ken Koehler, West Fargo, Published May 01 2013

Letter: In the 1950s we protected life

President Barack Obama recently stated that the anti-abortion laws recently passed by the North Dakota Legislature and signed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple are an attempt “to turn back the clock for policies more suited to the 1950s” (Forum News Service, April 27).

While the president certainly meant his comments to be derogatory toward our state, they are actually quite positive in an unexpected way. You see, those of us who grew up in the 1950s had our lives protected by the laws of our nation from the moment of conception. Not that my parents ever struggled over whether to abort (kill) me – an assurance I came to know from them as I grew up – but laws by their very nature carry with them a suggested standard of what is right and wrong – as well as a deterrent to acting wrongly.

Yes, I would gladly welcome back 1950s laws that recognized and protected the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.