Act Now North Dakota: Support HB1323, a Bill That Prohibits Government-Mandated Masks.

Urgent action is needed to keep this bill alive.

Published: Apr 7, 2021

Our Stand

  • Jeff Hoverson (R-3) sponsored bill HB1323 and has called it “The People’s Bill.” This bill prevents the North Dakota government from being able to mandate masks at the state, county and local level, including public schools.
  • HB1323 received a great deal of support from the public and passed the North Dakota House of Representatives by a 50-44 vote; it has now crossed over to the North Dakota Senate. However, the Senate Political Divisions Committee has sent the bill to the full senate floor with a “do not pass” recommendation by a 6-1 vote.
  • One of the reasons for this recommendation is that the senators were led to believe that this bill restricts the rights of private business owners to mandate masks. In reality, HB1323 is strictly about preventing government overreach.
  • For the people of North Dakota, this bill is about much more than just masks, it’s also about letting state leaders know that we the people are fed up with the government telling us what is best for our personal health. This cannot be a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Control over personal heath decisions belongs with individuals, not the state.
  • The senate could be voting on this bill as soon as Wednesday, April 7, 2021 (session starts at 12:30 CT). Your action is needed immediately to keep it alive! Please send a pre-drafted, customizable email urging your legislators to support HB1323.

Have A Question?

HB 1323 is a bill sponsored by Rep. Jeff Hoverson (R-3), and he is calling it “The People’s Bill.” It would prevent the North Dakota government from being able to mandate masks at the state, county, and local level, including at public schools. It received tremendous support from the public and, since it has passed the house, we are asking our senators to pass this bill in the senate.

Here are some great FAQs on mask wearing to help educate you and your legislators on why mandating masks is harmful for North Dakota and why HB 1323 is so vital for our state!

What’s the big deal with wearing a mask?

According to Dr. Eli Perencevich, an internist and infectious disease specialist, “The average healthy person does not need to have a mask, and they shouldn’t be wearing masks. There’s no evidence that wearing masks on healthy people will protect them. They wear them incorrectly, and they can increase the risk of infection because they’re touching their face more often.”

If I can wear a mask, why can’t you wear a mask?

Many people assume that because they are able to wear a mask without issue, everyone should be able to wear a mask without issue. There are numerous reasons why someone might not be able to wear a mask. These include:

  • Anxiety or other psychological issues and disorders
  • Autism or other developmental disorders
  • Hearing impairments
  • Fear of racial profiling, violence or brutality by being a person of color or minority in a mask
  • PTSD from being a victim of a rape, sexual assault or another violent crime in which the perpetrator was wearing a face covering or forced the victim to wear a face covering
  • Respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD
  • Sensory issues and disorders
  • Skin conditions (staph infections, yeast infections, contact dermatitis, etc.)

Moreover, just because someone with one of the above conditions wears a mask does not mean that everyone with that condition can do so. Every human has a different physiological and psychological makeup; what’s true for one person is not true for all.

The CDC says to wear a mask, so why not just listen to them?

The CDC and other health authorities have flip-flopped their position on masks multiple times. Although the agency is currently recommending mask-wearing in public, it has been unable to produce compelling evidence showing that masks worn by healthy individuals stop the spread of viral illness. Further, when you look at the science behind masks, wearing one to stop the spread of coronavirus makes no sense. Masks are incapable of stopping the lifecycle of a virus, and there is zero evidence to support the theory that masks worn by healthy people stop the spread of disease.

It simply doesn’t make sense for everyday people to wear a mask, especially children. Masks are for those who are ill, not healthy. Moreover, wearing one can create, not deter, illness. When individuals wear masks, they end up touching their faces more frequently, which could lead to infection. They also rebreathe particles that their lungs have exhaled that are trapped in the mask. Additionally, the masks that everyday people wear impede oxygen flow and aren’t porous enough to allow carbon dioxide to fully dissipate. All of these things decrease the body’s immune response.

Thus, many people who choose not to wear a mask are choosing to exercise their personal judgment and not participate in a message of fear or false security.

Isn’t it silly to complain about masks when people are dying of COVID-19?

It depends on how you view the body. If you view the body as brilliantly designed and understand that oxygen is one of the most important necessities for life, then it is in no way trivial or selfish to want to protect your breathing and your health.

Surgeons and Asians have worn masks for years. Why can’t you?

Face masks are worn by surgeons because they’re supposed to make wound infections after surgery less likely. According to Cochrane, a global independent network that produces systematic reviews and other research to inform health decision-making, the purpose of face masks is two-fold: 1) to prevent the passage of germs from the surgeon’s nose and mouth into the patient’s wound and 2) to protect the surgeon’s face from sprays and splashes from the patient. Thus, the mask is something that is worn by a medical provider in a specialized setting for a specialized purpose.

Masks are worn in East Asia for cultural purposes and to limit exposure to air pollution. Nearly 2 million people are estimated to die in China each year from pollution-related illnesses. Asians who wear masks in the United States have largely done so as a cultural crossover.

Shouldn’t your right to refuse a mask end where it puts me in danger?

There is no solid science demonstrating that unmasked individuals are a health detriment to others. Research shows that prolonged, close contact is needed for the transmission of coronavirus. It also shows that masks are incapable of stopping the spread of a virus.

How does wearing a mask violate your rights?

By dictating that someone must wear a mask, it is forcing that person to choose an allopathic intervention for the purpose of protecting himself/herself and others. Forcing a person to take an intervention that is potentially harmful for the sake of others is unethical.

Forcing individuals to abide by measures that restrict their ability to move freely throughout society without discrimination is unconstitutional. Prohibiting people from entering or participating in society because they don’t wear a mask also violates their constitutional rights.

Lastly, for those with deeply held religious beliefs, forced mask-wearing violates their ability to abide by natural law and follow their convictions to walk in faith, not fear.What’s wrong with mask mandates?

Although public officials are charged with controlling the spread of infectious disease, they are not responsible for individual health. Only individuals can decide what measures are in their best interest. Strong health policies empower individuals to take responsibility for their health; they shouldn’t strong-arm them into taking certain measures without allowing them to decide if those measures are in their best interest.

Policies that mandate compliance that for the greater good are dangerous; one person’s health cannot be sacrificed for another’s, and no one’s life should be privileged over another’s. As such, the decision to wear a mask must be a personal one and should not be universally mandated; measures that are meant to protect the community as a whole are ineffective if they hurt individuals within the community.

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Some news reports say masks are necessary. How do you explain that?

The news media is known for oversimplifying issues; it also known for sensationalizing stories to increase ratings and profits. Coronavirus is an important topic affecting each of our lives. New scientific developments about the virus and society’s response continue to unfold rapidly. However, the pandemic is dominating headlines with terrifying narratives that are generating fear and hysteria. These headlines lead to increased ad revenues and audience engagement, but they’re also instilling widespread panic and uncertainty in the American public.

Studies show that exposure to fear and acute stress results in compromised immune function that can subsequently affect brain function. So, individuals need to balance the need for information with the need to safeguard their health by minimizing their exposure to fear. Most of all, people need to take personal responsibility for their welfare and decide what’s best for them and their family using facts and reason — not fear.

Jill Hines

Directory of Advocacy
A former banker turned homeschool mom, Jill Hines began researching alternatives to conventional medicine in 2010 and what she discovered changed the trajectory of her life. She corrected a worrisome health issue, and embraced a natural approach to wellness. Advocating for informed consent and parental rights became a full-time mission when she joined the board of the Georgia Coalition for Vaccine Choice and later became the co-director of Health Freedom Louisiana. Due to her advocacy efforts during the COVID crisis, Jill was one of 25 Louisianans selected by Central City News as “a hero of the constitutional crisis.” She was also presented the Impact Award for Outstanding Public Service from the government watchdog organization Citizens for a New Louisiana. Jill now represents hundreds of millions of Americans who experienced censorship due to the Biden administration's efforts to suppress disfavored speech as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. Jill holds a marketing degree from Louisiana Tech University and now passionately “sells” health freedom full-time. Serving as Stand for Health Freedom’s advocacy director provides an incredible opportunity to advance the growing movement to preserve the sacred right to refuse unwanted medical interventions for ourselves and our children without fear of retribution.
“We have lived through a terrifying societal, psychological, and medical experiment which afforded us a knowledge that our forefathers tried to impart and we can no longer ignore: Our freedom is tenuous. For our children’s sake, the time is now to take a stand for health freedom.”

Chrissy Scott

Executive Assistant and Social Media Manager

A labor and delivery nurse with a lifelong passion for maternal and fetal health, Chrissy Scott left her job of 19 years after learning the truth about the harms caused by the medical system. In 2009, she was mandated by her employer to receive the H1N1 vaccine during her first trimester of pregnancy with her second child. She was assured that the vaccine was “safe and effective” for pregnant women, but her son was born with a kidney defect that could have been fatal. She didn’t connect the dots to vaccine injury until several years later when the declining health of her oldest son drove her to seek answers outside of allopathic medicine.

This personal journey ignited in her a new passion for truth and transparency in health care. As SHF’s Executive Assistant, Chrissy facilitates communication and local advocacy initiatives alongside Leah Wilson for their home state of Indiana. She also manages and creates graphics for SHF’s social media accounts and the website’s swag shop.

Chrissy earned her nursing degree from Anderson University and served her entire career at her local hospital. While she’s no longer a floor nurse, her five very active boys frequently test her nursing skills! She homeschools her children and has been co-owner of a successful home décor sign business with her sister.

“Parents, being the experts on their own children, are best suited to make decisions for the well-being of their family. To do this properly, they must be given full and accurate information and be free from force or coercion.”

Ellen Chappelle


Ellen Chappelle serves as SHF’s resident wordsmith. A seasoned writer and editor, she’s enthusiastic about ensuring that our content is clear, concise, and inspiring.

Ellen is most energized by working on projects that transform lives. A truth seeker as well as a journalist, she’s disturbed by the lack of accuracy in today’s media and determined to help share fact rather than fiction. And having found greater healing with alternative approaches, she’s also passionate about preserving our freedom to make informed health choices.

Past projects include serving as regional editor of a dog magazine, color and trend specialist for a small cosmetics company, arts columnist, newspaper reporter, ghostwriter, and creator of website content for artists and small businesses.

With a degree in journalism and theatre, Ellen is also a performer. She enjoyed singing and dancing on a cruise ship and traveling with a national musical theatre tour, as well as recording industrial videos, television commercials, and radio voiceovers. She also creates handcrafted jewelry in wire, chain maille, and fused glass.

“Despite what some would have us believe, the fact remains that this nation was founded on biblical principles by people who wanted freedom to worship God and live their lives without government involvement. It’s never been more critical to fight for those rights.”


Executive Director and Co-founder

An attorney with a background in complex litigation and advocacy, Leah Wilson is passionate about children’s health and has researched and worked on child welfare issues for more than a decade.

The overmedication of children in foster care as a form of behavior management is what compelled Leah to become an advocate and foster parent. During her time as a court-appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children, Leah witnessed the rampant use of psychiatric drugs among foster kids. She also discovered that, in addition to many extensive requirements, the state had a policy that all foster children and foster families be fully vaccinated, without exception. Through her involvement in law, health and the foster care system, it became abundantly clear to Leah that the single most important issue affecting child welfare in the United States is the practice of one-size-fits-all medicine via medical mandates. This motivated Leah to expand her advocacy beyond foster care to all children nationwide and to start Stand for Health Freedom (SHF) in 2019.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Leah holds dual bachelor degrees in political science and Spanish from Indiana University. In addition to her advocacy work with SHF, Leah is the owner and former operations director of MaxLiving Indy, one of the largest natural health centers in the Midwest. She is also an educator on holistic health as well as a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from religious rights to greening your home.

“Parental rights and religious freedom are God-given natural rights that cannot arbitrarily be taken away by government authorities. Parents are the single most important factor in a child’s success; I stand in full support of this sacred relationship.”

Sayer JI

Director and Co-founder

Sayer Ji is a widely recognized researcher, author, lecturer, activist, and educator on natural health modalities. Among his many roles, he is an advisor to Stand for Health Freedom, a reviewer and editor of the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, an advisory board member of the National Health Federation, a steering committee member of the Global GMO Free Coalition, and the co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed Inc., a revolutionary scientific validation framework.

Most notably, Sayer is the founder of, the world’s most widely referenced, evidence-based natural health resource of its kind. He founded the platform in 2008 to provide an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. Today, has more than a million visits per month, serving as a trusted resource on myriad health and wellness topics to physicians, healthcare practitioners, clinicians, researchers and consumers worldwide.

Sayer attended Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he studied under the notable American philosopher Dr. Bruce W. Wilshire. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1995, with a focus on the philosophy of science. His new book, Regenerate: Unlocking Your Body’s Radical Resilience through the New Biology, was released in March 2020 and is an Amazon bestseller.

“I truly believe that education will be our greatest shield against accelerating the erosion of civil liberties, including the right to bodily sovereignty, as well as the greatest catalyst for positive change on this planet moving forward.”

Bailey Kuykendoll

Associate Director

Designer and visual marketer Bailey Kuykendoll began advocating for health and religious freedom and parental rights in 2014 after learning she was pregnant. A self-described skeptic, she’s not afraid to ask questions and do copious amounts of research to reach her own conclusions.

She’s also not afraid of hard work. As SHF’s Associate Director, Bailey truly keeps the organizational boat afloat. Working closely with our State Directors in each state, she ensures that SHF has calls-to-action for health-freedom bills and petitions on our website and across social media, spreading the word to encourage people to contact their legislators. She builds campaigns, graphics, website pages, and relationships.

Bailey earned a design degree from Harrington Institute of Design in 2008. She then served as a production assistant on several shows for HGTV, followed by working behind the scenes on the X Factor, small indie films, music videos, and documentaries. Bailey joined Health Freedom Florida after moving to the East Coast, becoming co-president of the grassroots organization in 2019. While at Health Freedom Florida, she successfully filed a state bill designed to stop discrimination based on your health status. She joined SHF in the fall of 2020.

“God placed a calling on my heart back in 2008 to be a part of something bigger for Him. Twelve years later, the opportunity came knocking to help others lean into their natural-born rights and take a stand for themselves and their families. I knew this is where I was called to be, and I have never looked back.”

Valerie Borek


Valerie Borek is a passionate advocate for health rights and family privacy. A mother of two with degrees in law and biochemistry, she is perfectly positioned to lead SHF advocates through complex health-rights policy. Her work is guided by a love for American values, uncovering truth, and a passion for empowering others. Valerie has served as SHF’s policy analyst since 2021.

Valerie’s understanding of the value of freedom to make one’s own health care choices is not just academic. Health freedom has kept her boys alive and thriving. Her choice to have home births jump-started her advocacy for health privacy. Her eldest son survived a rare and deadly cancer because her family was able to navigate medical care while holding onto values that were sometimes at odds with recommendations.

Before joining SHF, Valerie specialized in health and parenting rights at her boutique law firm, especially surrounding birth and vaccine rights. She advocated for informed consent in health care and transparent food labeling in her state. She helped found the Birth Rights Bar Association and was honored to present their argument to the Delaware Supreme Court that midwifery is not the practice of medicine, in support of a trailblazing midwife.

“Health is the foundation of how we show up in this world to love, serve, and create. Americans are blessed to live in a country that gets stronger the more we protect fundamental rights, like informed consent and privacy, so individuals and families can thrive.”

Mary Katherine LaCroix


Mary Katherine LaCroix became involved with SHF as a volunteer in 2019 when the religious exemption for childhood vaccines was at risk in her home state of New Jersey. She believes strongly that parents have the responsibility for their children’s health, education, and faith formation and that only they have the right to make medical decisions and manage their care.

She has worked in fundraising for more than 25 years at various educational, cultural, human services, and political organizations. A graduate of the University of Scranton, she holds a degree in History and English Literature.

Mary Katherine is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with and help grow SHF, believing that together we can achieve even greater impact in protecting our rights and caring for our loved ones. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and large extended family, as well as volunteering to support the special needs community.

“Parents are taught that they must trust the experts. That’s what we did, until we learned that the experts can be wrong and don’t always know what is best for your child. Parents should instead feel empowered by their natural, God-given ability to advocate and care for their children. SHF is here to give them the tools to do just that.”

Sheila Ealey

Political Analyst

Dr. Sheila Lewis Ealey is the founder and former director of the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana, a therapeutic day school for children who are on the autism spectrum or struggling with other nonverbal intellectual disabilities. The wife of a former U.S. Coast Guard Officer, she is also the mother of four children. Her son was diagnosed with severe autism spectrum disorder at 18 months. He is now a young man and considered moderate and emerging.

Sheila and her twins were featured in the documentary “Vaxxed.” She has traveled extensively, advocating for medical freedom. She continues to educate disenfranchised parents about their fundamental rights to religious and philosophical exemptions, their ability to live sustainably on a limited budget, and the importance of nutrition and biomedical interventions for optimum health with autism. She also writes individual homeschool curriculums for parents of children with autism or intellectual disorders. Sheila is a trustee for the Autism Trust, USA, and on the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense.

Over the past 20 years, she has educated herself to use natural healing modalities for the body and brain. Her formal education includes degrees in communication, special education curriculum, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership in Special Education. Sheila serves as an assistant content advisor and political analyst for SHF.

“It is not the Constitution’s job to protect our liberties, as it is not a philosophical document but a legal one. Its purpose is to limit the powers and authority of our federal government in hopes of preventing an intrusion upon our unalienable rights. We are obliged to maintain our government within its limits.”

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