State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Abortion


Dustin Peyer: Government has no role in woman's choice

Women refuse to go back to the days of risking their lives or even imprisonment for wanting to end an unwanted pregnancy. The government has no right to dictate when a woman can or cannot procreate. Abortion is ultimately the decision of the woman's, and no one else's. The radical right-wing attacks to defund Planned Parenthood has got to end. It is a source of sexual health information and a vital healthcare service for millions of women.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial website PeyerForSenate.org Oct 1, 2017

Thomas Campbell: Fight for the unborn

Tom is pro-life. He believes protecting innocent life is the most important responsibility we have, and as a U.S. Senator, Tom will always fight for the unborn.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial websiteTomForNorthDakota.com Oct 1, 2017

Eliot Glassheim: Pro-choice, but parental notification is ok

Q: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? ?

A: Pro-choice.

Glassheim adds, "Parental notification is ok. Various churches take different positions on when life begins. One view should not impose its will on all the other religious positions."

Source: VoteSmart 2016 North Dakota Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2016

Rick Becker: Government's responsibility to protect human life

One of the sharper exchanges came over the issue of abortion. Candidates were asked if they would've signed the multiple pieces of abortion legislation signed by Gov. Dalrymple in 2013, some of which have been litigated in court and defended by Stenehjem's office since then.

Becker said he was pro-life and that it's the government's responsibility to protect human life. Stehehjem said he'd have signed the legislation and is pro-life. He also recognizes exceptions for rape and incest.

Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial debate Mar 3, 2016

Wayne Stenehjem: Exceptions for rape & incest, but sign other pro-life bills

One of the sharper exchanges came over the issue of abortion. Candidates were asked if they would've signed the multiple pieces of abortion legislation signed by Gov. Dalrymple in 2013, some of which have been litigated in court and defended by Stenehjem's office since then.

Becker said he was pro-life and that it's the government's responsibility to protect human life. Stehehjem said he'd have signed the legislation and is pro-life. He also recognizes exceptions for rape and incest.

Burgum took a different tone, rejecting labeling sides and saying he'd prefer to put the issue to a vote of the people. "This is too important for any one person to vote on," Burgum said of signing abortion legislation.

Stenehjem latched on to Burgum's statement, saying the Legislature passes bills and it's up to the governor to act. "You have to make a decision," Stenehjem said.

Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial debate Mar 3, 2016

Doug Burgum: Support a ban on abortions for things like gender selection

On abortion, Burgum told me that America before the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision was a "dangerous place for women." He also said he doesn't feel qualified to make a decision on when life begins. Had Burgum been governor, he would have vetoed all but one of the pro-life laws passed by the state Legislature in recent years. He supports the legislation that bans abortions for things like gender selection.
Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race Jan 24, 2016

Tracy Potter: Voted against making abortion a felony

Sen. Potter voted NO on HB 1466. The bill passed the Senate 29-16.

Project Vote Smart's Synopsis: Vote to adopt a conference report that criminalizes abortion when such a ban would be upheld as constitutional. Highlights:

Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records Apr 23, 2009

Tracy Potter: Define life as beginning at birth, not conception

Sen. Potter voted NO on HB 1572. The bill failed the Senate 16-29.

Project Vote Smart's Synopsis: "Legal Definition of Life": Vote to pass a bill that establishes the legislative intent for the interpretation of the laws when referring to individuals, persons, or human beings to mean organisms with the genome of homo sapiens.

OnTheIssues Synopsis: A YES vote would legally define a fetus as human, and hence define abortion as the taking of a human life.

Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records Apr 3, 2009

Wayne Stenehjem: Supports waiting periods and parental notification

Stenehjem indicated support of the following principles concerning abortion:
Source: 1996 North Dakota National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
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Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
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Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
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