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Published April 17, 2013, 10:00 PM

Crowd gathers in Bismarck to to support passed abortion bills

Just one month ago Governor Jack Dalrymple signed bills making North Dakota the most restrictive state in the nation when it comes to abortion. Instead of rallying on the front steps of the state capitol, this afternoon more than 1,000 people gathered to say "thank you."

Just one month ago Governor Jack Dalrymple signed bills making North Dakota the most restrictive state in the nation when it comes to abortion. Instead of rallying on the front steps of the state capitol, this afternoon more than 1,000 people gathered to say "thank you."

People from all over North Dakota travel to the State Capitol in Bismarck to show their appreciation to governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota legislators.

Eleri Kerian, Grafton: "I have grown up in a generation where abortion has always been legal and I think abortion hurts women and that women deserve better."

Maureen Kautzman, Hettinger: "We just wanted to be part of the people that want to stand up for the unborn and I think there are more people in North Dakota who are pro life and we just wanted to be supportive of the governor in signing the bills."

Reverend Frank Pavone, a nationally known Catholic Priest spoke to the hundreds of Pro-lifer, and also thanked the governor and legislators. Many of those gathering on the steps of the capitol have been waiting years for laws like this to be made in North Dakota.

Sharon Maulding, Jamestown: "We've been waiting 40 years, 40 years of people praying and fasting and waiting for God to shine the light and turn this around."

Kerian: "I know that this is something most North Dakotans believe in and are passionate about."

Gladys Keily, Tappen: "Because we support life for everyone, born and unborn."

The abortion laws signed by governor Dalrymple are not yet enforced and are likely to face court challenges.

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