Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo, who is attending meetings of the U.S. Bishops in Baltimore this week, provided the diocese with the following response regarding the decision not to file charges against the physician who performed illegal abortions at the Red River Women’s Clinic.
“I am disappointed by Cass County state’s attorney Birch Burdick's decision to not file charges stemming from illegal abortions performed at the Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo. The North Dakota legislature enacted laws specifically designed to protect women seeking abortions, including those that expressly require a properly licensed physician. At the same time, there is no fulfillment of the regulations of any civil law which will transform the evil of abortion into a morally acceptable act. Abortion harms children, women, and fathers in all instances, whether ‘legal’ or not.” – Bishop Samuel Aquila Diocese of Fargo