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Lydia Trandem, Fargo, Published August 15 2012

The record shows Berg is pro-women

As a wife, mother and woman who votes, I find the accusations that Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., is anti-woman to be absurd. If Berg were really conducting a war against women, would he take over a project for the YWCA to provide a new facility for the group? If he was so anti-woman, why would leaders with the Rape and Abuse Center and the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services praise Berg for his voting record on the recent consideration of the Violence Against Women Act?

I’ve personally witnessed another demonstration of Berg’s commitment to women’s issues at multiple fundraising banquets for First Choice Clinic (a women’s pregnancy center), where Berg was right there standing up for women in need. If he is really carrying on a war against women, he needs to stop in his tracks, and somehow cover up his trail of generosity and concern.

Unfortunately, there are people so frenzied to rid North Dakota of a strong and effective leader, they advance the notion that because Berg is a man, he is anti-woman. Through my own interactions with Berg, he has conveyed his passion and love for his wife, mother and other female family members and friends. I am thrilled that a man who holds strong traditional values will be on the ticket this November. Berg has worked to help women as a private citizen and as a leader in Congress, and will do so in the U.S. Senate.