Paul Maloney, Bismarck, letter: Fargo prosecutor let politics sway decisionThis debacle shows that sharing a last name with the local court house and running unopposed are the only real criteria to be the state’s attorney in Cass County.
By: Paul Maloney,
BISMARCK — It is no surprise to me that Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick chose not to file charges against out of state unlicensed abortionist Lori Thorndike.
According to the website campaignmoney.com, Burdick contributed to the Obama campaign, which supports federal funding of abortion. It would have been a surprise if he had followed the law.
His excuses were just as transparent as his politically motivated decision, claiming the intent was to stop “back alley abortion.” I thought that is why we have “offenses against unborn children” in the North Dakota Criminal Code. The law actually goes so far as to declare it a class AA felony for anyone other than a licensed doctor to kill an unborn child.
Legislative intent is clear; it is why they called it the “abortion control act.” The intent is to control abortion. Even Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on Nov 12 confirmed that it is a Class B felony to perform an abortion without a license.
Meanwhile, Burdick compared it to unlicensed brain surgery? And then still didn’t press charges? I hope that if my brain surgeon was unlicensed, Burdick would press charges for that unlawful act.
This debacle shows that sharing a last name with the local court house and running unopposed are the only real criteria to be the state’s attorney in Cass County. Concerned citizens should be asking if this is the only felony Burdick is not enforcing or if his politics are endangering other laws as well.
Maloney is executive director of North Dakota Right to Life.