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Letter: High-five or awkward handshake? Watch the video for yourself

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's celebratory high-five or awkward handshake is, in my opinion, a growing problem in her re-election effort. Her liberal backers in the press are describing it as an "awkward handshake" in order to take our focus off the issue that precipitated the encounter with her idol Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., that of her vote to allow abortion of 20-week and older babies.

The facts are the high-five/awkward handshake took place just after Heitkamp's vote was announced. The fact is she voted against making abortions illegal after 20 weeks (more than half the normal pregnancy term).

One definition of a high-five is "a clapping of an upraised hand of another, as in congratulations or celebration." A definition of a handshake is "an act of shaking a person's hand with one's own, used as a greeting."

Watch the video and decide for yourselves, because if the life of a defenseless baby is important to you then you know it was a high-five. If that life means nothing to you then it was a handshake.

I hope that whoever her opponent is for the Senate seat plays that video relentlessly, as in my opinion, no one who favors abortion (except in the case of rape or incest), especially abortion more than halfway through pregnancy, represents the people of North Dakota.

Stenson lives in Enderlin, N.D.

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