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Delcie Light, Published October 19 2012

Letter: Berg’s record shows a clear bias against women’s concerns

If you are a woman, or if you have a mother, sister, wife, daughter, aunt, employee or female friend, and a conscience, you cannot vote for Rick Berg for the following reasons.

Berg voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Republicans say the reason they are against those protections is VAWA also includes protection for “illegal aliens” and same-sex partners. If a person is being battered, why would race, creed, color, sexual orientation or citizenship matter?

Many women are the sole support of their families, and they struggle mightily and bravely. Women still earn 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. The book “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich shows vividly what a struggle life is for those who work very hard for low wages, no benefits and no health insurance.

Berg did not even know what the minimum wage is. Even though he is a multimillionaire, he voted against raising the minimum wage. Could he live on $7.50 per hour? Certainly no one could raise a family on $7.50 per hour.

Berg voted against the Lillie Ledbetter Act. This legislation was to provide equal pay for equal work.

Berg touts himself as anti-regulation, yet he is eager to regulate the bodies of girls and women by denying them Planned Parenthood. He has voted to eliminate the Affordable Care Act.

He claims the U.S. must cut spending and balance the budget. Does he know what teen pregnancies cost the U.S.? $10 billion each year! Each year, 82 percent of teen pregnancies are not planned. In the U.S., one-third of babies born in the U.S. were born to girls under age 17, and 7,000 new mothers were younger than 15. Their own brains are not fully developed, so how can they support and care for children? And yet, Berg and his party would deny them birth control, then when they become pregnant, insist they have a baby, no matter the circumstances of conception.

Berg follows the party line: a war on women. It is no wonder that one in four children in the U.S. lives in poverty and hunger. His views are not the North Dakota way!

Light is a retired Devil Lake, N.D., teacher.