Berg Supported Bill To Ban Abortions That Included No Exemptions For Pregnancies Resulting From Rape And Incest.
2009: Berg Voted For Controversial “Life Begins At Conception” Bill. According to the Bismarck Tribune, “A fertilized human egg has the same rights as a human being under a bill passed by House lawmakers on Tuesday, potentially setting the legal framework for a ban on abortion in North Dakota. It was just one of many bills acted on by the North Dakota Legislature on Tuesday. Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot, sponsored the anti-abortion legislation, which passed 51-41, arguing that life begins at the moment of conception.” [HB 1572, Passed 51-41, 2/17/09; Bismarck Tribune, 2/18/09]
Republican Senate Majority Leader Admitted Bill Lacked Rape And Incest Exemptions – Said He Wanted To Add Them In Future Versions Of Bill. According to The Bismarck Tribune, “A bill that would have given personhood status to a fertilized human egg was defeated by the Senate 29-16 on Friday. The bill was pushed by pro-life groups looking to challenge the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. But opponents of the bill cited the potential for far-reaching, and potentially dangerous, legal consequences if the bill were to become law… Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem, R-Bismarck, voted for the measure, while adding that if it should be reintroduced in future legislatures, then it should carry some exemptions to quell some of the legal concerns. ‘I’ve always supported right to life with the caveat of life of the mother, rape and incest,’ Stenehjem said. ‘You would need some exemptions to this at least trying to pass it through in future legislatures.’” [The Bismarck Tribune, 4/4/09]
Fargo Forum Columnist: Bill Would Make Stem Cell Research, Termination Of Pregnancy In Case Of Incest And Rape, Illegal. According to a Fargo Forum column, “In fact, the people of North Dakota have no real idea what the legislation might mean for our people and our state, other than we can be pretty sure it will take millions of taxpayer dollars to defend the bill. And there are obvious things that would be illegal: stem cell research; termination of the pregnancy of a 14-year-old victim of incest; termination of the pregnancy of a 19-year-old college student given Rohypnol and gang-raped.” [Fargo Forum column, 2/22/09]