Angered that her home state of North Dakota wants to protect unborn babies from abortion, a former Miss America contestant decided to run for U.S. Congress on a pro-abortion platform.
The Associated Press reports Cara Mund, 28, of Bismarck, has little chance of winning in the conservative, pro-life state, but her last-minute pro-abortion campaign has attracted a lot of media attention.
Mund, who won the Miss America contest in 2018, said she decided to run because she felt upset by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June.
It was “just a moment where I knew we need more women in office,” she told the AP.
If she succeeds in collecting enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, Mund will run as an independent against two pro-life candidates: incumbent U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a pro-life Republican, and Democrat candidate Mark Haugen, who also is pro-life and has faced backlash from his party for his stance, according to Inforum.
North Dakota only has one abortion facility, and it is moving to Minnesota in anticipation that a state pro-life law banning abortions will go into effect soon, the AP reports.
Mund, who recently graduated from Harvard Law School, opposes the law. She told the news outlet that traveling across state lines for an abortion “is going to impact women, and women of lower social economic status.”
Here’s more from the report:
She won the Miss North Dakota crown on a platform of increasing the number of women elected to political office. At Miss America in 2017, she said Trump was wrong to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accords that seek to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.
The North Dakota abortion ban protects unborn babies by prohibiting abortions except in cases of rape, incest or risks to the mother’s life. However, a court recently blocked enforcement of the law. About 1,100 unborn babies are aborted in the state every year.
Democrats narrowly control U.S. Congress, and abortion activists hope the overturning of Roe will enrage voters enough to keep Democrats in leadership in November. With just a few more seats, pro-abortion lawmakers could pass a radical bill that would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for them.
Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. The infamous ruling forced states to legalize abortions for any reason up to viability and allowed abortions for any reason up to birth.
In the historic Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ruling in June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Currently, 14 states protect unborn babies by limiting or banning abortions. As a result, approximately 150,000 unborn babies are being saved, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.