This past weekend news came out that the Republicans were diverting their entire New Mexico electoral effort out of that state and into North Dakota. One has to wonder why since it seems like North Dakota would be an easy state to keep and New Mexico was winnable with a fight. Apparently, though, North Dakota may be a bit more of a problem now.
North Dakota’s at-large Representative is running for Senate against former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp. The problem? Berg is coming to be known as not only being anti-abortion, but virulently anti-woman. In 2007 as a member of the ND House, for instance, Berg voted to make it a Class AA Felony to terminate a pregnancy, and the bill that he voted for had no exception for rape or incest, and only had an exception when it came to the life of the mother.
Berg spoke at the Republican National Convention, and it should not be surprising that the Republican Platform includes a ban on abortion that goes beyond even that bill that Berg voted for.
The bill reads:
A new section to chapter 12.1-16 of the North Dakota Century Code is created and enacted as follows:
Intentional termination of human life – Preborn children. A person is guilty of a class AA felony if the person intentionally destroys or terminates the life of a preborn child. A person that knowingly administers to, prescribes for, procures for, or sells to any pregnant individual any medicine, drug, device, or other substance with the specific intent of causing or abetting the termination of a preborn child is guilty of a class AA felony. A person that intentionally or knowingly aids, abets, facilitates, solicits, or incites a person to intentionally destroy or terminate the life of a preborn child is guilt of a class C felony. For purposes of this section, “preborn child” includes a human being from the moment of fertilization until the moment of birth.
Think Progress noted that:
Although one news outlet claims that Berg’s bill contains an exception “when the life of the mother is endangered” such an exception does not appear in the bill’s text. The language of the bill quoted above creates a new homicide crime without any exceptions whatsoever. It is possible that a woman who obtained an abortion to save her life could invoke a provision of North Dakota law permitting self-defense to prevent “imminent unlawful bodily injury, sexual assault, or detention,” although even this is not certain because a life-threatening pregnancy is not “unlawful.”
Berg was one of the politicians to quickly denounce the comments of Representative Todd Akin regarding pregnancy and rape, but it should be noted that most Republicans tend to feel the same as Akin and Berg. This makes their position the opposite of the positions held by the majority of Americans. Most Americans- 75%- believe that abortion should be legal when it comes to rape or incest.