Today, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement after Mitt Romney cut an ad endorsing North Dakota Senate candidate Rick Berg, who voted for legislation that would criminalize abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, and subject women to a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole:
“Mitt Romney’s latest extreme attack on women is his support of North Dakota Senate candidate Rick Berg, who believes that women who are victims of rape or incest and obtain an abortion should be locked away in jail for life without the possibility of parole. Unfortunately, what was once considered to be an extreme, fringe view has become part of the modern Republican Party’s platform toward women’s health, as Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan have worked to outlaw all abortions and even narrow the definition of rape.
“Rick Berg who would threaten victims of rape and incest with a life in jail joins Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, who said that pregnancy from rape was ‘something God intended,’ and Missouri’s Todd Akin who said that ‘if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down’ as just another example of extreme Republican positions on women’s health.
“Rather than denouncing these extreme fringe views on women’s health and rape, Mitt Romney has gone out of his way to support both Rick Berg and Richard Mourdock, cutting direct-to-camera ads endorsing both of them. Romney’s latest support of Rick Berg is further proof that his extreme views will divide us, not bring us together.”