With regard to the abortion issue in North Dakota, the Republican "pro-life" crowd says they passed new restrictions on abortion because they value human life. The problem is that their positions on a wide range of other issues make it impossible for me to believe they are sincere.
Once a child is born, the Republican concern for life is almost nowhere to be found, at least not until the child reaches military age and can be sent to fight and die in a war. They are against most forms of government assistance for children and families, and even in this year's legislative session they defeated a proposal to provide funding for milk for children from low-income families. They are also vehemently opposed to universal healthcare, without which many people suffer and die every year.
Many Republican policies are decidedly anti-life. They are pro-war, pro-death penalty, pro-gun, and they are against regulations for protecting the environment and ensuring the health and safety of our food and water and our workplaces. Corporate profits almost always trump the concern for human life. They always use the mantra of "less government intrusion" to justify this, which is unbelievably hypocritical given the extreme level of government intrusion they have just passed into law with these anti-abortion bills.
When I see Republicans passing laws to protect and promote human life after people are born, then and only then will I take seriously their alleged concern for the unborn.