North Dakota Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp became nationally infamous earlier this year after she celebrated a vote to defeat a ban on late-term abortions. Now she has a pro-life opponent in her battle for re-election.
In January, Democrats in the United States Senate gave each other a high five, normally meant to celebrate camaraderie and a job well done, on something dark and disgusting. After the vote to defeat the bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks, Democrats on the Senate floor gave each other a high-five. How members of the Senate can explain their actions is beyond most Americans — as fully two-thirds of Americans believe late-term abortions on viable unborn babies ought to be illegal.
All but three Democrats voted to keep late-term abortions legal as did two Republicans. And after the vote, Heitkamp gave Chuck Schumer a high-five, or whatever the awkward move was that was captured on C-Span.
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Now a pro-life lawmaker is running against Heitkamp – in part because she celebrated abortion.
Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Republican, launched his campaign for Senate during a rally in Bismarck on Friday, saying he had to jump into the race after his opponent celebrated voting against a 20-week abortion ban.
Mr. Cramer, who has served three consecutive terms in the House, decided to challenge vulnerable Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Ms. Heitkamp recently drew fire from conservatives after she high-fived Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, after voting against a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.
“At that point, you realize it’s bigger than you,” Mr. Cramer told Valley News Live during his rally Friday night.
“Somebody has got to step in and do something about it,” he said.
Leading pro-life groups think Heitkamp can be defeated in part because Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 36 percentage points in North Dakota in the 2016 presidential election.