A tipster has alerted us to inconsistencies in a North Dakota State Senate candidate’s statements on legislating against abortion.
Janne Myrdal, a Republican running in District 10 near Grand Forks, said in an interview late last year that she would not push for anti-abortion legislation if elected.
“I don’t foresee, nor does any other pro-life leader in the state, any other legislation coming forth on the life issue,” Myrdal told the Grand Forks Herald. At the time, she was trying to beat three other Republicans for the party’s endorsement, which she won a few months later.
The Herald reported that Myrdal described herself as “anti-abortion” but “said she doesn’t think there’s much more state legislators can do on that front going forward.”
That’s putting it lightly. North Dakota has tried to enact some of the harshest abortion restrictions in the country. In 2013, the state legislature approved a ban on abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — but it was overturned by a federal judge.
And in 2014, North Dakota voters rejected a “right-to-life” constitutional amendment.
Our tipster provided us with some evidence showing that Myrdal was probably full of shit when she said she doesn’t intend to push for anti-abortion legislation.
First, her campaign literature lists “Defend Life at All Stages” as one of her “Legislative Priorities” if elected.
Also, Myrdal met with a Los Angeles-based conservative activist to discuss anti-abortion strategy earlier this year.
In a Facebook post in January, conservative activist Thomas Schmitz wrote: “I’ve known Janne Myrdal for years. She’s one of my favorite patriots and I’m VERY excited about her ND Senate run! … When North Dakota becomes our first Pro-Life State (It’s coming), Janne is one of the main hard-working people to thank.”
One month later, Schmitz wrote that he was “very excited about my lunch-date w/ #NDsenate candidate Janne Myrdal tomorrow. We’re planning a Pro-Life coup! Myrdal ND Senate is happening! Get ready for Senator Janne to shake things up!”
Schmitz’s bio says he edits the website Conservatives4Palin and is “popular within the conservative wing of the California Republican Party.”
We reached out to Myrdal for comment but she didn’t respond. Her opponent in the race is Democrat Quentin Wenzel.