In North Dakota, Senator Hedi Heitkamp says she will not support a late-term abortion ban even though she has in the past. Sen. Heitkamp is publically pro-abortion and has consistently supported abortion rights. However, in 2012, she said she did not support late abortion or public funding of abortion. During her campaign she said, “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.”
Unfortunately, now she is saying the exact opposite. On September 1st, her office said in a statement the following about the federal 20-week ban: “Senator Heitkamp believes reproductive decisions should be left to a woman, her family, and her doctor, and it isn’t up to the government to determine what that timeline should be.” Also, in early August, Senate Democrats defeated legislation that would de-fund Planned Parenthood and Sen. Heitkamp was one of the Senators who voted against the bill.
As LifeNews previously reported, when Congress returns from its August recess, the Senate is expected to vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the pro-life group, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), is lobbying legislators to vote in favor of the bill. In fact, they just launched a six-figure campaign to encourage Senators who usually vote pro-abortion to vote yes and one of the Senators included in the campaign is Heitkamp. The legislation is sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham and backed by 45 co-sponsors.
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The President of SBA, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said the following about the bill: “Whether pro-life or pro-choice, Americans should be able to agree that we should limit abortions after five months of pregnancy, when the unborn child can feel excruciating pain. The horrifying investigative videos of Planned Parenthood harvesting the organs of babies after late-term abortions only deepens the need for this legislation.
She concluded, “America is one of just seven countries to allow these painful late-term abortions. It’s time for Americans and our representatives in Congress to show compassion and get us out of this club.”
Currently, North Dakota has a law on the books banning late-term abortion in the state; and a 2013 poll showed that the majority of women in America support such legislation. Then, in 2014, a Washington Post poll revealed that 64 percent supported the ban while only 28 percent opposed. Surprisingly, even the liberal Huffington Post poll revealed the same, with 59 percent of people supporting the ban and 30 percent opposed it. They said, “By a margin of 59 percent to 30 percent, respondents to the new poll said they would favor a federal law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”
Sen. Heitkamp is supposed to announce within the week if she plans to run for Governor of North Dakota. Ultimately, it is unlikely that her support for late abortion and public funding of abortion will be applauded considering the Planned Parenthood videos exposing their organ harvesting business and scandalous practice of delivering “full-intact” specimen during late-abortions.