At least North Dakota Senate candidate Rick Berg admits that a woman who is raped can get pregnant. There is no argument about legitimate rapes from him, but his view on abortion is about as extreme as it gets.
Berg supports a woman’s right to choose only if her life is in danger.
“My position has been pretty clear. I’m pro-life, I’m concerned about the unborn and people who can’t take care of themselves. So I’m pro-life. I would make an exception for the life of the mother.”
That’s it. Raped and pregnant? Well, you are on your own. If a raped, pregnant woman gets an abortion, then punishment is acceptable. Yet Berg won’t explain what the penalties should be:
“I’ll leave that up to others to come up with that,” Berg said. “Those are things that need to be worked out through the legislative process.”
Berg is not saying that there shouldn’t be any penalties. It is that he doesn’t want to say what he believes just weeks before the election. That is an indication that it might be some severe penalties. For a woman who is raped that suggests three tragedies she will face in Berg’s pro-life world. She would be raped, impregnated by the rapist and then prosecuted for having an abortion.
Pro-life, but not pro-compassion.
Correction: The original headline incorrectly identified Rick Berg as a candidate from South Dakota, instead of North Dakota.