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Letter: Lamb represents what's needed in U.S.

To the editor, Herald columnist Mike Jacobs and others recently praised the life and public service of the late George Sinner, and rightly so. To a point. Each commentary included Sinner's controversial 1991 veto of pro-life legislation, describi...

To the editor,

Herald columnist Mike Jacobs and others recently praised the life and public service of the late George Sinner, and rightly so. To a point.

Each commentary included Sinner's controversial 1991 veto of pro-life legislation, describing the act as courageous; a predictable frame considering the long-standing support of Roe v. Wade by both sources. At the time a sizeable majority of North Dakotans felt betrayed. Their contention was that Sinner abandoned his life-affirming principles for political expediency, using a "straw man" of God to justify his action.

Fast forward to 2018. Incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp meets with members of the Herald's editorial board during her party's state convention in Grand Forks, where she said North Dakotans "know my heart." Concerning abortion, Heitkamp's known "heart" - which began beating three weeks after her conception - contradicts a basic tenet of her faith and emerging science.

Less than 24 hours before Pope Francis landed on American soil in late September of 2015, Heitkamp voted against legislation to end partial-birth abortion. She reaffirmed her abortion stance in January of this year by giving a thumbs down to the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," seven days after the National March for Life.

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Contrast that with Democrat Conor Lamb, who narrowly won a Pennsylvania congressional district that President Trump won by 20 points in 2016. While major news media downplayed or omitted Lamb's conservative appeal, former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell did not, saying "Conor Lamb is a lesson to us as a party. Conor Lamb ran as a true conservative Democrat. He's pro-life and reflects the district on issues important to a majority of Americans."

For Democrats like Rendell and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, Lamb represents what they have been calling for in reclaiming their political party, distancing themselves from hypocritical brethren and the political agenda of the hard-left.

Factual developments within neonatal research, surgery and technology - documented science of our human existence before birth - are transforming the debate over one of America's most contentious issues, placing 1973 rhetoric and 45-year-old science in the dustbin of ignorance.

R.J. Ogaard

Crookston

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