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Bill Mangin, Jamestown, N.D., Published May 10 2013

Letter: Democrats not party of life

Just wanted to say that Anna Higgins’ opinion piece in the April 28 Forum makes a lot more sense than former Fargo Mayor Jon Lindgren and his congratulations to Lloyd Omdahl.

I used to be a very active Democrat, but I’m proud to say that our rural district always had a pro-life resolution to take to the state Democratic Convention (which I attended for the last time as a Democrat). No, I did not join the Republican Party, but I did have to vote that way because they were closer to my beliefs that human beings are the most important resource any nation can have. The baby in the womb is certainly human, and it certainly has “being.” If it didn’t have “being,” there would be no need to have an abortion when a woman is pregnant and doesn’t want to be.

What got me out of the Democratic Party was the fact that Bill Clinton (when he was governor of Arkansas) was strongly pro-life but when wished to be president of the United States, he had to become pro-abortion. The same is true of Al Gore and Richard Gebhardt of Missouri and the shabby treatment of Demo-crat Bob Casey at the Democratic National Convention.

What the Roe v. Wade court decision really did was to take away from the individual states and their legislators the right to pass legislation. The late Sen. Quentin Burdick right after Roe v. Wade became an issue said it should remain a states rights issue.

I would recommend that everyone read Zell Miller’s book “A National Party No Longer.” He is the Democratic senator from Georgia who gradually changed his mind about abortion after he became a grandfather.