At least 34 ND politicians oppose abortion even in cases of incest, rape

Extreme anti-abortion views are held by a large number of mostly male, Republican political candidates this year, according to the results of a North Dakota Right to Life questionnaire.

Shocking, we know. But some of the results might still surprise you.

It looks like the questionnaire was sent to every North Dakota candidate for state and national office. Fifty-seven candidates returned the questionnaire, including eight Democrats.

Thirty-four candidates said abortion should be illegal even in cases of incest and rape. The only exception they make is to prevent the death of the mother.

But two Republican candidates appear to go even further.

The questionnaire’s first question is: “Under what circumstances, if any, do you believe that abortion should be legal?

a.) Only to prevent the death of the mother (NDRL’s position)
b.) To prevent the mother’s death, in cases of incest committed against a minor, and in reported cases of forcible rape.
c.) Other: (please explain)”

Candidates Rep. Nathan Toman and Jason Heitkamp answered “c” and wrote, “none.”

We reached out to Toman and Heitkamp to confirm their abortion views, and didn’t hear back. But we understand their answer to mean they support a ban on abortion with no exceptions. Heitkamp expressed this view on his Facebook earlier this year:

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Toman is running for re-election in District 34, west of Bismarck, and Heitkamp is running for State Senate in District 26, southwest of Fargo. Both are Republicans.

Nine candidates believe abortion should be legal only in cases of incest and rape, as well as to prevent the death of the mother, according to the questionnaire results.

Other questionnaire respondents picked a combination of answers on the first question, or picked answer “c” without explaining, so we’re not sure what their position is.

Several Democrats say they support the reversal of Roe v. Wade: Larry J. Robinson and Naomi Muscha in District 24, Susan Rintoul and Richard Rintoul in District 38, Jerry Kelsh in District 26 and Cheryl Ann Kary in District 32.

Many high-level politicians — including candidates for governor and U.S. House — did not return the questionnaire. The exception is U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, who said he believes that abortion should be legal only in cases of rape, incest and to prevent the death of the mother.

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