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Coalition Members


The North Dakota Coalition for Privacy in Health Care is a non-partisan group of organizations and individuals who believe government should not interfere in the private relationship between a patient and a healthcare provider.  The Coalition opposes any law that directly or indirectly impacts that relationship.


All Coalition members support this position statement, opposing personhood legislation and IVF limits.


The Coalition is led by two women from North Dakota:  Dr. Stephanie Dahl, a reproductive endocrinologist, and Karla Rose Hanson. You can contact them at


Organizational Members


In addition to more than 1,600 individual members, the Coalition includes the following national, state and local organizations:


  • RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association


  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)


  • The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART)


  • Council on Abused Women's Services (CAWS) North Dakota


  • North Dakota Women’s Network


  • North Dakota Human Rights Coalition


  • Temple Beth El, Fargo

"Personhood legislation and ballot initiatives pose the strongest threat to the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) since it was first offered in this country over 30 years ago.  Declaring a fertilized human egg a "person" creates too great a risk for patients, physicians, and embryologists and will make the standard of care for IVF impossible for physicians to practice. RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association opposes all attempts at 'personhood' and stands ready to assist The North Dakota Coalition for Privacy in Health Care."  


– Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association




"Not every religion believes that life begins at conception. Passing a law that says a fertilized egg is a person with inherent human rights would impose a single religious view on everyone. That violates our religious freedom."


  Wendy Gordon, member of the Coalition and member of Temple Beth El




“Personhood raises endless questions about other laws. If North Dakota legally defines life as beginning at conception, does our state start to issue conception certificates instead of birth certificates? If a personhood constitutional amendment is approved, how will that impact criminal investigations by law enforcement and the prosecution and defense of crimes against a person?”

-- Karla Rose Hanson, Coalition co-founder