Abortion Issue Backfires On Heidi Heitkamp

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Over the last couple of weeks, liberal Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp’s national liberal friends have been making hay out of a bill her Republican opponent Rick Berg’s support for a bill, as a state legislature, that would have declared the personhood of an unborn child.

BuzzFeed reported the story under the sub-headline, “Todd Akin II?” Liberal websites from the Huffington Post to Think Progress also picked the story up. But here in North Dakota, it was a non-story.

Why? From the way the Heitkamp campaign answered when asked about the issue by the Grand Forks Herald, it’s clear they didn’t want it to be a story.

FARGO — In the barrage of barbs between U.S. Senate candidates Rick Berg and Heidi Heitkamp, one issue has been conspicuously absent, given how outsiders have highlighted Berg’s 2007 vote for a bill that would have criminalized abortion and made it punishable by life in prison, regardless of circumstances such as rape or incest.

Salon.com, BuzzFeed and a number of other websites reported on Berg’s vote in the dust-up over the “legitimate rape” comment made last month by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who also is running for Senate.

But Heitkamp, a Democrat, has remained mum on the vote by her Republican opponent, a first-term congressman who voted for the bill as a state lawmaker.

When asked why via e-mail, a campaign spokesman responded that Berg’s voting record in the Legislature is a matter of public record, “and that vote has been covered pretty extensively.”

Oh my.

If we ever needed an illustration of just how far to the left of the North Dakota electorate Heitkamp’s base of national liberal support is, this is it. This is why Heidi Heitkamp skipped her party’s national convention. This is why she said, in an interview, that the Democrat party platform doesn’t represent her.

This is why Heitkamp tells everyone she’s an independent, and not a Democrat. This is why Heitkamp, far from campaigning on President Obama’s platform, she’s been telling voters she’ll “stand up to” her party’s top-of-the-ticket candidate.

Heitkamp simply can’t get elected in North Dakota while campaigning on what both she and her party stands for. By the way, when Heitkamp is asked directly about her position on Obama, she skirts a direct answer:

Heitkamp said in a statement that her position on the issue has remained the same.

“The bottom line is that we should not be putting politicians between women and their doctors when making these very personal family decisions,” she is quoted in the statement as saying. “I do not support public funding of abortions, and believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the mother.”

Because she can’t just say “I’m pro-choice” or “I’m pro-abortion.” That would be an entirely too honest characterization of her position.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Adolf Mittler

    The right wing stance on abortion is just another example of their brazen hypocrisy. The right wing constantly screams about individual rights and freedom and getting the government out of your life, but then when it comes to abortion, they want the government to make women’s decisions for them and force women to have children against their will. It is nothing less than religious communism.

    Oh, and by the way, the bill Berg voted on in the state legislature had no exclusions for rape, incest, or life or health of the mother. So if a woman got pregnant against her will by rape, Berg would force that woman to have that child against her will, and force that woman to deal with a violent criminal sex predator as the father of that child for the rest of her life. That puts Berg on the side of the rapist.

    Now let’s consider what would happen if it came down to a case where either an abortion needs to be performed, or the mother dies. Berg would allow the mother to to die by government force in order that the unborn child can be brought into the world and have to grow up with no mother. And that’s assuming the child survived. That’s “pro-life”?

    So much for individual rights and freedom and getting the government out of your life.

    • tomorrowclear

      Compelling incest victims to carry a fetus to term is the height of the protection of individual rights. Why can’t you understand that?

      Their love life shines through with the other stances they take, like excusing the murder of innocents in war, their support of the death penalty and their unwillingness to adopt unwanted children who haven’t been aborted.

      • PhilGay

        99% of all incest victims are Democrat dads

        • Adolf Mittler

          Really? Where are your facts to back that claim up?

          • PhilGay

            Because all Democrats are perverts & sexual deviants.

          • Adolf Mittler

            Oh really? Again, do you have any actual facts to back up that claim? Or are you just another overheated right wing screamer with nothing to do but scream lies?

          • GayPhil

            Democrats are dirty filthy perverts who run child human sex trafficking (SLAVERY) why do Democrats believe a child is only good for Abortion or sex slavery.

          • PhilGay

            Why won’t Obama protect the unborn or children in sex slavery? is he a customer?

          • Onslaught1066

            Obviously.

          • Adolf Mittler

            Yet another fact free post.

          • Onslaught1066

          • PhilGay

            Why won’t Obama protect the unborn or children in sex slavery? is he a customer? :(

          • Onslaught1066

            That’s pretty funny, coming from you, hanniturd.

          • robert108

            Since when are you concerned with facts, sockpuppet?

          • Adolf Mittler

            I’m not. Why be concerned with facts? Facts are like regulations, they keep us down and hamper our freedom.

          • robert108

            Pure left wing propaganda nonsense. Like port, you confuse freedom with license.

          • Adolf Mittler

            Yep, facts do have a well known left wing bias. The freedom or “license” to lie is a Republican hallmark.

          • dakotacyr

            so you agree?

      • PhilGay

        99% of all incest perpetrator are Democrats.

        • Adolf Mittler

          Another fact free post from PhilG

        • dakotacyr

          I’m sure you will provide us with your proof.

      • robert108

        Maybe your “love life” includes those things, but not normal people.

        • dakotacyr

          ahhh…I seem to remember you complaining that the women in your life aborted your children. Why were you with democratic women if only democrats do this?

          • Adolf Mittler

            Good question, and here is another question – if only Democrats have abortions, then shouldn’t the right wing be in favor of it?

          • VocalYokel

            Is it your professional observation that all babies born to idiots grow up to be idiots?

    • robert108

      In this country, citizens have the right to petition the govt for redress of grievances. It’s in the Constitution, unlike baby killing for birth control purposes.

  • PhilGay

    A true Catholic, Christian, Jew or Muslim does not promote or support “abortion” the killing of a baby. Why does the taking of an innocent child’s life excite the Democrats? Protect Life, Liberty & the Constitution.

    • Adolf Mittler

      PhilGay will not have his posts controlled by fact checkers.

      • robert108

        As a fascist, you want to control everything.

        • Adolf Mittler

          Facts are communism. Lies are freedom.

          • tomorrowclear

            They must obsess about fetuses. You see, extending compassion to the least among the “already born” just isn’t acceptable to them. If they can define “the least among us” as fetuses, their problem is solved.

          • robert108

            “Fetus” in Latin means “baby’. Giving the child a Latin title doesn’t mean you didn’t kill it.

  • PhilGay

    Abortion “the killing of a child” kills more than cancer, suicide, car crashes & military deaths combined.

    • tomorrowclear

      Why are you not out forcibly stopping these serial killers and their co-conspirators? I thought all of you advocated the idea of private citizens stopping rampaging killers?

      • PhilGay

        you terrorists use force to attempt to get your views known. I use the Constitution & court system for it was intended.

        • tomorrowclear

          When you will be going out to stop these serial killers and their co-conspirators? Or are you content to wait years or decades for Roe v. Wade to be overturned while millions of “babies” are murdered?

          There are three possibilities here:

          1. You are a pacifist.
          2. You are unwilling to stop serial killers.
          3. You really don’t believe fetuses are “babies.”

          I would argue that #3 is the most likely explanation, though #2 might be concurrently accurate.

  • PhilGay

    Could anyone explain a partial-birth abortion? How is it done?

    • Onslaught1066

      First you allow the child to be almost completely delivered feet first, then a hollow steel tube is inserted into the brain-pan through the back of the child’s head where upon liberal/democrat dogma is injected and used to kill off any viable brain cells, then the child is delivered fully and set down in a voting booth to begin its life’s work voting for democrats.

      Sorry for the disgusting visual, but, you asked.

      • GayPhil

        Thank you for your reply

        • Onslaught1066

          sorry, meant that for Adolph.

          • Adolf Mittler

            What were you doing with his mom?

      • GayPhil

        Why do Democrats enjoy partial-birth abortions? What pleasure do they derive?

        • Onslaught1066

          you tell us, hanniturd.

      • Adolf Mittler

        Fact free Sunday

  • PhilGay

    Abortion, the non prosecuted crime.

    • Adolf Mittler

      Legal is the new illegal.

  • PhilGay

    Abortion, Democrats savage war on babies.

    • Adolf Mittler

      Conservatism, Republicans savage war on mankind.

  • PhilGay

    Pro-choice is Pro-abortion

    • Neiman

      Liberals design self serving, conscience salving euphemisms to justify the mass slaughter of babies, they think they escape punishment by such delusions.

    • Adolf Mittler

      Pro-life is Pro-Death

      • robert108

        Pure Orwell.

        • Adolf Mittler

          You’re starting to get it.

  • Adolf Mittler

    Just read the madness posted here. If you want to get the real crazies going, just bring up abortion.

    • PhilGay

      you sound like living proof of an abortion that lived.

      • Onslaught1066

        So you’re saying that Adolph here is Sparkie Buttfuckle?

        Or could there be two living abortions on this board?

        • Adolf Mittler

          Ah, the pro-life Christian conservative wing of the tea bag party, gravitating toward insults and name-calling. Jesus is proud.

          • robert108

            Your namecalling is noted, as is your hypocrisy.

          • Neiman

            Your hatred of Christ and all Christians, your lies about name calling, your cheap liberal, self serving euphemisms all set aside for the moment; abortion remains the deliberate, cold blooded first degree murder of an absolutely helpless, innocent human being that, as of today, amounts to a liberal baby holocaust of over 50 million human beings.

      • Adolf Mittler

        You sound like a partial birth abortion, where your brain was the part that didn’t quite make it.

        • robert108

          Your boy obama wants to kill them, too. Your blood lust is disgusting.

    • robert108

      If you want to see the real blood lust at the heart of liberalism, expose the abortion holocaust.

      • Adolf Mittler

        Robert108 is getting in his share of fact free posts.

        • robert108

          Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, thanks for the compliment.

  • PhilGay

    Now we know why women get paid less or not promoted as men because they Kill their Babies!!! Who wants a baby killer in their country golf club? if you kill your baby what other crimes will you do?

  • DakotaDave

    The Democrats are for cradle-to-grave entitlements … it’s getting to the cradle that’s the hard part. -Dennis Miller

  • PhilGay

    Why are all Democrats parasites on society or life ending baby-killers? what is their purpose in life?

  • Lynn Bergman

    She is AGAINST putting politicians between a woman and her doctor…the essence of Obamacare!
    She is FOR intervention by government with respect to government administration of healthcare insurance for ALL citizens, not just the young and elderly… the essence of Obamacare?
    She is AGAINST intervention by government to facilitate killing unborn humans during late terms of pregnancy.
    She is FOR intervention by government to facilitate killing unborn humans during early terms of pregnancy?
    She was nominated by Democrats but claims she is an Independent?
    Very confused or very devious… you make the call?
    Either way… not a “straight shooting” North Dakotan.
    But she’s a “very nice person”…just what we need… more compromising of principals in a growingly spineless America.

    • PhilGay

      She is a baby killer, she is an anti-Christ, she is evil.

    • PhilGay

      She is a baby killer, she is an anti-Christ, she is evil. City workers need to eliminated.

  • JanneMyrdal

    Lets not forget that a few months ago, Heidi was pal’ing around with Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood (PP), on stage at big fundraiser in Dallas. Also received max donation from PP, the largest abortion provider in US. Heidi is fully pro abortion, the fruit speaks louder than the gimmicks of words. But she knows abortion on demand through 9th month as is supported in Dem’s platform does not go over well in ND, so is trying to fog her position over.

  • $8194357

    If folks don’t do their own vetting of a canidates past?
    Ya get the made for TV version the propaganda folks want you to believe…

    Maybe Hiedi should have someone ghost write a auto biography?

    Dreams “from” my mother?…

    or something catchy like

    the audacity of the Pope?..

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/09/claim-obama-hid-gay-life-to-become-president/

    Quote:

    Obama, DuJan said, is

    “not heterosexual and he’s not bisexual. He’s homosexual.”

    Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, who worked with the National Security Agency from 1984 to 1988 as a Navy intelligence analyst, confirmed DuJan’s claims.

    “It is common knowledge in the Chicago gay community that Obama actively visited the gay bars and bathhouses in Chicago while he was an Illinois state senator,” Madsen told WND.

    WND also spoke with a member of the East Bank Club in Chicago, who confirmed Obama was a member there and was known to be a homosexual.

    The upscale fitness club, which has some 10,000 members, is not a “gay” facility. But it’s one of a number of places identified by the Chicago homosexual community as a “gay gym,”where homosexuals meet and engage in sexual activity.

    In April, WND reported a federal judge dismissed a libel case against Larry Sinclair, a homosexual who claimed Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign had paid to rig a polygraph test regarding Sinclair’s sensational charge that he had sex and used cocaine twice with Obama while Obama was an Illinois state senator.

    Sinclair tells his story in
    “Barack Obama & Larry Sinclair: Cocaine, Sex, Lies & Murder.”

    WND also reported former radical activist John Drew has said that when he met Obama when Obama was a student at Occidental College, he thought Obama and his then-Pakistani roommate were “gay” lovers.

    In addition, rumors have swirled around Obama’s relationship with his personal aide and former “body man,” Reggie Love, who resurfaced on the eve of the Republican National Convention to support his old boss. Love resigned from the White House in November 2011 after compromising photographs of him as a college student received wide circulation.

    WND also has documented in two separate articles, here and here, that Obama wore a gold band on his wedding ring finger from the time he attended Occidental College through his student days at Harvard Law School.

    DuJan said that during Obama’s first presidential campaign,

    “there was fear in the gay community”

    about talking openly about Obama being homosexual, particularly after the murder in December 2007 of Donald Young, the openly gay choir director at Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, who was known to be a close friend of Obama.

    “People did not want to talk openly about Obama being gay,” he said.

    “Then, when we saw how Larry Sinclair was demonized, anybody who
    would expose Obama worried they would be silenced if they dared to
    speak the truth about Obama’s gay life,” DuJan said.

    end quote

    What happens when you don’t bother vetting your canidate?

    Nothing….If your a Democrat…..

    Nothing other than the liar in chief with no known
    “non faked credentials”
    and a leftist made for TV version of “Black Camelot”
    sits in the worlds most powerful empty chair..

  • allan38775

    Not all liberals are pro-abortion. Please google the organizations “Consistent Life”, “Democrats for Life” and “Feminists for Life.” Some liberals believe in nurturing and protecting ALL human life, born and preborn.

    • Neiman

      If your keep voting for those Democrats that do support and fund abortion, please tell me how you are any better than they, how as an accomplice to their crimes you do not bear the same guilt?

      Quite frankly, I do not understand the person that says I am against murder, but I support those that do murder. I cannot see a shadow of a difference between them. That does not mean that I believe you should vote for the other party, as you probably have many and vast differences, but when you cast your vote for person that you know will cast their votes to make abortion possible, you are voting against your conscience and making your support for life into a lie.

      • allan38775

        I will presume from your response that you did not log on to any of the groups that I cited. “Democrats FOR LIFE” is, as the name implies, an organization for people who are Democrats and are pro-life and who struggle to change the the party’s abortion plank and to elect pro-life Democrats. “Consistent Life” is a group that opposes the death penalty, war, the fact that people die because they can’t afford health care, AND ABORTION. They are consistently against all killing. “Feminists for Life” has as their primary mission going to college campuses to help persuade young women that they can work for equal pay, fair treatment and also work to provide legal protection for the unborn. They show how being pro-life is actually congruent with true feminism, as exemplified by people like Susan B. Anthony. Liberals who work to protect the poor and vulnerable but fail to extend that protection to the unborn are wrong. Conservatives who work to protect the unborn but then slash needed assistance to the poor after they are born to give tax breaks to the rich are wrong. What is needed is liberals whose concern for the vlunerable extends to the entire span of human life and conservatives who remember that we all responsible for our needy brothers and sisters.

        • Neiman

          I repeat, as admirable as their goals appear, they give lie to their respect for life by voting for the very people that vote for and support abortion on demand. Words are cheap, stop voting for any Democrat unless they are willing to pledge not one vote for any program that facilitates abortion, then maybe you have a point. But saying no to child murder while voting for those that make child murder possible, is at best, hypocritical.

          Slashing assistance to the poor and tax breaks to the rich are matters of perception, based on your prejudices, they are not facts. Although, make no mistake I am not blind about the many faults of conservatives when it comes to cost cutting without due regard for the poor.

          • allan38775

            I really don’t know any more ways to say this. Groups like “Democrats for Life” promote for public office Democrats who ARE PRO-LIFE.

  • Question Everything

    Nearly every time I visit this blog it blows my mind how uneducated people appear to be. I get that the issue of abortion is very touchy. And, yes, life is sparked at inception. We all get that.

    However, have any of you men posting here been raped or molested? How dare you even have an opinion regarding conception from a distinct human violation. Do you even realize giving birth to the child of a rapist is a long life scar for not only the mother but the child? Do you understand how much it costs to bear and raise children? Do you understand that having these choices help and not hurt society?

    There are so many implications in so many situations that you need to step back from your preconceived ideas and look at the big picture. More children being born from unwanted pregnancies will create more crime and will cost government (TAXPAYERS) more because you will be forcing low income and uneducated women to have children that are not wanted and will not be cared for properly due to socio-economic reasons. Not to mention the physical and mental consequences of unsafe abortions and possible legal ramifications of those women that will seek assistance elsewhere.

    History has tried to control women’s rights. Two resources to compare… The Role of Women in Nazi Germany, http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/women_nazi_germany.htm; and Less Birth Control, More Ultrasounds: How the GOP Wants to Force Women to Bear More Chilren, http://www.care2.com/causes/less-birth-control-more-ultrasounds-how-the-gop-wants-to-force-women-to-bear-more-children.html

    The GOP is looking more and more like Nazi Germany and the propaganda is working just as well as it did for Hilter. The Republicans keep saying that they are not about big government but look at how their ideals and policies are trying to control the population. The less educated people out there the more control is had over them. One step at a time is putting this in motion.

    I know the response to this is that I’m just a left-winger wanting to kill babies. It is sad to try and label versus looking at facts and being clear about facts and being honest about the real political agenda.

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