For Immediate Release
April 11, 2023
North Dakota to Show Fetal Development Video to Every Student in the State
Live Action Applauds the Inclusion of Medically Accurate Fetal Development Videos in K-12 Curriculum
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, April 6th, 2023, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed into law HB 1265 mandating that schools show a high-quality video to educate students on preborn human development.
Lila Rose, founder and president of Live Action, released the following statement:
“When people learn the truth about the humanity of children in the womb, and the barbaric procedures abortionists use to kill them, they change. They become pro-life. North Dakota has taken a huge leap forward towards a more comprehensive understanding of how every human person begins by ensuring all 116,639 students in North Dakota will be shown the truth of human development. Live Action is rejoicing in the fact that one of the options presented for school district use is our cutting-edge, educational video: Baby Olivia.”
The North Dakota Senate voted 37-9 to pass HB 1265 mandating schools use a medically-accurate and high-definition video on fetal human development in the classroom. This video notes significant milestones in growth and development for every week of pregnancy such as the baby’s heart, brain, and lungs.
Live Action’s Baby Olivia was presented by State Senator Janne Myrdal as the model video to use in schools.
“Human development in the womb is obviously a part of science, something we want our children to learn and see,” said Senator Myrdal from the floor. “I was inspired by Live Action’s Baby Olivia video so I drafted legislation showing students the divine journey that every human being experiences. I look forward to seeing educators show Baby Olivia in classrooms in North Dakota and states beyond.”
Under HB 1265, both health curriculum and human sexuality instruction must show a high-definition video depicting the development of vital organs in early fetal development. Seeing human growth and development in two separate classes will enhance scholastic excellence and now be state standard in schools across North Dakota.
North Dakota is an agricultural state that nourishes, sustains, and cultivates life. This new step will foster curiosity in the classroom, enhance students’ understanding of human biology, and build a culture of life in North Dakota.
Lila Rose concluded, “I applaud Governor Burgum for signing this bill into law, Senator Myrdal for sponsoring it, and all of the North Dakota lawmakers who voted for it. This is just the beginning of ensuring every American student has access to accurate and high-quality information on when human life begins and how it develops.”
About Lila Rose & Live Action – Lila Rose founded and serves as president of Live Action. Live Action is a 501(c)3 human rights non-profit and the digital leader of the global pro-life movement. Live Action exists today to shift public opinion on abortion and defend the rights of the most vulnerable. With over 6 million social media followers and 1.7 billion lifetime video views, Live Action reaches up to 100 million people per month – saving lives and transforming hearts, with 43% of surveyed followers saying Live Action’s content has changed their position on abortion. Through compelling educational media, human interest storytelling, investigative reporting, and community activism, Live Action reveals the humanity of the preborn and exposes the abortion industry exploiting women and families for profit. Find out more at http://www.liveaction.org.
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