ND Senate Candidate Wanted Jail For Abortions
ThinkProgress is reporting that GOP Senate candidate Rep. Rick Berg once voted for a bill that would have criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. The act would have carried a maximum sentence of life without parole for any woman who seeks or receives an abortion, and anyone who helps her.
Berg voted for the bill in 2007 as a state representative. According to Project Vote Smart, even in deeply conservative North Dakota, the bill received yea votes from only 22% of state legislature. Forty-two of fifty-nine Republicans voted against it.
Though there are conflicting reports, the “full text” on Project Vote Smart shows no exception even if the mother’s life is in danger.
The bill reads in part:
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.
The bill also obligated physicians to protect the lives of both the mother and the “preborn child.”
Rep. Berg quickly denounced the recent controversial remarks of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, and even secured a speaking spot at the Republican National Convention last week.