Video: Debate Over Anti-Abortion Bill Gets Testy In North Dakota Senate


Yesterday SAB had a post up about the anti-abortion bills which passed in the state Senate, but I thought it would be instructive to show you readers some video of the rather testy (by the muted standards of the North Dakota state legislature) debate surrounding the measure.

Senator Margaret Sitte (R-Bismarck) (who was herself targeted in her home by gay activists last week) stood up in defense of the legislation. She was followed by Senator Connie Triplett (D-Grand Forks), who began to launch into a personal attack on Senator Sitte before being cut off by Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley acting in his role as President of the Senate:

What’s troubling about Senator Triplett’s attempt at a verbal attack on Senator Sitte is just how factually inaccurate it was.

It seems that the left is fond of setting up straw man arguments about these abortion bills, claiming that they’ll outlaw contraception among other things, and then attack them furiously. But it’s disinformation.

Senator Triplett claims that this bill would make contraception illegal. But as Senator Spencer Berry (R-Fargo) points out toward the end of the video, the bill has specific language stating that it does not apply to contraception.

It seems the left’s arguments against anti-abortion bills are based on hyperbole, misrepresentations and personal insults.

This issue deserves a better sort of debate.

Rob Port is the editor of 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.

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  • whowon

    Triplett sure likes to hear herself talk. What a joke Senator.

  • Guest Observer

    Let’s make Connie Triplett the SAB Hall of Shame Tuesday award winner!

    • Lianne

      I second the nomination.

  • NDSiouxFan

    THANK YOU DREW WRIGLEY! He was quick to cut Triplett off when she started attacking Sitte. What a great job keeping the discussion on-topic.

  • Lianne

    Hey, Rob, a huge :-)!

  • Lynn Bergman

    I applauded Senator Triplett for being one of the sponsors of the Legacy Fund that passed overwhelmingly a few years ago at the polls. A good friend warmed me that she was a “flaming liberal” at heart and I now see he was right!
    She owes North Dakota an appology for her lack of Arthur Link inspired statesmanship.

  • Dallas

    These bills will be used in an attempt to ban some forms of birth control. You don’t have to be a ‘flaming liberal’ to question the consequences, reasons and or motives.
    These are misguided attempts to force ‘Billy-Bob’ moralist stances on an unsuspecting public. Last year, even voters in Missisippi through out a ‘personhood bill’. A similar bill was backed by Sittee and passed this week. We’re more bigoted and dumber that people who live in Missisippi? Apparently so.
    People like Margaret and Bette Grande are an acquired taste. Fortunately, very few people drink the Kool-Aide after listening to the sales pitch.
    When I think of people like Bette and Margaret, I recall the Winston Churchill quote when he described an intellectually deficient opponent, …”has all the the virtues and none of the vices I admire.”
    Keep them tea baggers fired-up. The day they enter the bedroom is the day the public says goodbye.

    • Rob

      It’s going to be hard for these bills to ban birth control when they, you know, specifically mention that they don’t apply to birth control.

      • spud

        I find it funny we are getting these anti-abortion bills passed in our state when everyone knows that abortion is not going away any time soon. The longer our legislature is in session the more that tax relief looks like it will be very minor if at all. Rob next time they introduce a property tax bill initiative if they explain how we get from point A to point B in it not this let the legislator’s figure it out it most likely will have my support. Also find it hard that in this day and age North Dakota people this have a problem dealing with gay people and there rights. You can kick and scream all you want but it is inevitable how all of it is going to play out eventually.

        • sanne

          You are misreading what is happening. They legislators are taking up all the moral and social issue bills now so that they have plenty of time later to focus on just property tax and infrastructure bills.

          • spud

            They have voted down any and all tax measures so far. As far as moral and social issues guess what abortion is not going away and gay rights are going to happen. As usual ND is way behind the rest of the country. Dallas is right about one thing when politicians get in people’s private lives the public will give them an electoral beat down.

    • Rob

      But I guess it’s easier to criticize things when you just make stuff up.