State of Minnesota Archives: on Abortion


Jim Newberger: De-fund Planned Parenthood

Healthcare: Allow Planned Parenthood to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Klobuchar: Yes. Signed letter to Senate leadership supporting continued funding. Voted against defunding.

Newberger: No. Supported 2016 Minnesota bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Karin Housley: I've fought hard for our unborn

Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Tina Smith: Legal. Says women should "have the freedom to decide when & how to raise a family."

Karin Housley: Ban. Says "I've fought hard. for our unborn." Has 100% rating from MN Citizens Concerned for Life.

Source: 2017-2018 Minnesota special election CampusElect.org Guide Nov 1, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Heartbeat bill: ban abortions at about 6 weeks of pregnancy

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Jeff Johnson (R): Ban. Believes in the sanctity of human life from conception. Wants a "heartbeat bill," banning abortions at about 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Tim Walz (D): Legal. Believes in a woman's right to choose, & will continue this support as Governor.

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Johnson: Unknown.

Walz: Yes. Voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Tim Walz: Maintain funding for Planned Parenthood

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Jeff Johnson (R): Ban. Believes in the sanctity of human life from conception. Wants a "heartbeat bill," banning abortions at about 6 weeks of pregnancy.

Tim Walz (D): Legal. Believes in a woman's right to choose, & will continue this support as Governor.

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Johnson: Unknown.

Walz: Yes. Voted against defunding Planned Parenthood.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Minnesota Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Jeff Johnson: Pro-lifer who believes in protecting the life of the unborn

There is no more important issue than protecting innocent life. Not only is this a moral issue, recent breakthroughs in science and technology have made even more clear that we must protect the life of the unborn. I am Pro-Life and believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
Source: 2018 Minnesota JohnsonForGovernor.org campaign website Sep 1, 2018

Paula Overby: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Support--Politicians are not qualified to decide if or when a mother's life support should be withdrawn from an unborn fetus. Women must have control over their own reproductive capacity. If the public has concerns about child welfare, we should invest in better prenatal services, sex education, and family planning.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate May 13, 2018

Jim Newberger: Abortion is not an unrestricted right

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: Oppose.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Minnesota Senate candidate Mar 15, 2018

Karin Housley: Pro-choice advocates don't represent state's everyday values

After 2 weeks as a U.S. senator, Tina Smith already has some vocal opponents as she begins her campaign for the November election. So far, state Rep. Karin Housley is the only confirmed GOP challenger for Smith's Senate seat. She issued a statement saying that the new senator's career as a longtime Democratic operative "and role as a leader in pushing for abortions as a Planned Parenthood executive gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values."
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune: 2017-8 Minnesota special election Jan 20, 2018

Tina Smith: Served as a Planned Parenthood executive

After 2 weeks as a U.S. senator, Tina Smith already has some vocal opponents as she begins her campaign for the November election. So far, state Rep. Karin Housley is the only confirmed GOP challenger for Smith's Senate seat. She issued a statement saying that the new senator's career as a longtime Democratic operative "and role as a leader in pushing for abortions as a Planned Parenthood executive gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values."
Source: Minn. Star-Tribune on 2017-18 Minnesota Special election Jan 20, 2018

Rebecca Otto: Reproductive health is up to women, not government

Rebecca believes that decisions about reproductive health care should left to women and their families, not the government. She does not support any rollbacks of women's ability to access quality reproductive health care services, birth control, STD care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education.
Source: 2018 Minnesota Gubernatorial website RebeccaOtto.com Nov 1, 2017

Jim Newberger: 100% pro-life

I will be the voice that speaks out for the unborn. Has a proven record of being 100% prolife.
Source: 2018 Minnesota Senatorial website JimForUSSenate.com Oct 1, 2017

Jim Newberger: Require that doctor be in room when taking RU-486

[Newberger introduced a bill] during the right-to-life crowd's brief craze over RU-486, which they (and no one else) called the "abortion pill." Newberger wanted to mandate that women could only take the pill while "in the same room" as the doctor who prescribed it. Any doctor who let a woman leave the room to take the pill would face criminal penalties and/or be sued by the woman's husband or parents. The bill was backed by the creeps-into-watching-women-eat lobby, and no one else.
Source: City Pages on 2018 Minnesota Senate race Aug 16, 2017

Mark Dayton: Vetoed exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 May 10, 2017

Michelle Fischbach: Require exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 May 4, 2017

Tina Liebling: No government infringement of decision to reproduce

We must protect the freedom of every Minnesotan to speak their mind, maintain their privacy, and make their own important decisions. Government should not infringe on personal decisions that don't impact the health and safety of others-- such as who to love and marry, whether and where to worship, which bathroom to use, and how and when to reproduce.
Source: 2018 Minnesota governor campaign website TinaLiebling.com May 2, 2017

Erin Murphy: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 Apr 24, 2017

Ilhan Omar: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 Apr 24, 2017

Matt Dean: Require exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 Apr 24, 2017

Tina Liebling: Oppose exposure of abortion clinic employees for licensure

Legislative Summary: SF704 / HF812: Abortion facilities licensure requirement

Analysis by Planned Parenthood : This bill compromises patient and provider privacy, putting their safety at risk. This bill requires that abortion clinics report the names and license numbers of all "health care professionals" who work at the clinic in their applications for licensure. A politically motivated Commissioner of Health could use this legislation to target abortion providers for harassment.

Veto Message: House File 809 infringes upon women's basic right to health and safety--a right of every woman, regardless of the type of health insurance she has. This bill would interfere with critical medical decisions that should be made between a woman and her doctor.

Legislative Outcome: Source: Planned Parenthood on Minnesota voting record SF704 / HF812 Apr 24, 2017

Jason Lewis: Allow pro-life state laws under 10th Amendment

Because I am pro-life, I believe that citizens should be able to pass state laws of their choice without federal interference from activist courts. Life begins at conception and I will be an effective pro-life voice in Congress.

The genius of federalism is a system of government that accounts for the diversity of human beings by allowing the states to compete for the governed. Instead, Washington has nationalized the economy (especially healthcare and energy) and usurped the states' ability to settle disputes between citizens of the same state. Activist federal courts have been striking down duly enacted state laws governing abortion, marriage, education--even local transportation and housing. This is backwards and has taken from state legislatures the power of self-government under the 10th Amendment.

Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com Nov 8, 2016

Tina Smith: Vice president of Planned Parenthood of MN/SD/ND

Smith didn't follow the typical path to the life of a politician. She grew up in New Mexico, where her parents were involved in state and local politics. Yet Smith decided to go into business; she attended Stanford University and went on to earn an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She landed in Minnesota after taking a marketing job at General Mills and eventually started her own marketing firm.

In the early 1990s, she started volunteering in Minneapolis DFL politics, cutting her teeth on local campaigns. She eventually became vice president of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota before serving four years as Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's chief of staff, leaving that role to manage his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. After Rybak failed to win the DFL endorsement for governor that year, Smith took a brief sabbatical from politics.

Source: MinnPost.com on 2017-18 Minnesota Special Senate Election Feb 2, 2015

Mike McFadden: Make contraceptives available without a prescription

Several Republican candidates for Senate have embraced an unorthodox issue as the midterm election approaches--support for over-the-counter birth control pills. At least three GOP hopefuls have spoken during the summer in favor of allowing certain types of contraception to be sold without a prescription. Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is challenging incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D), on Tuesday released a television ad in which he tells a room full of nodding women, "I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, around the clock, without a prescription. Cheaper and easier for you."

The ad followed similar remarks by Ed Gillespie, a Republican running for Senate in Virginia, and Mike McFadden, who is challenging Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). "It probably defangs this increasingly concerted effort by the political left to caricature male Republican politicians as anti-woman, anti-birth control, anti-rainbows and sunshine," said a Republican pollster who specializes in women voters.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Sep 2, 2014

Erin Murphy: Fight Hobby Lobby: cover all FDA-approved contraception

State lawmakers introduced a proposal to ensure Minnesota women have access to contraception coverage regardless of where they work. The Supreme Court's recent decisions in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby jeopardizes contraception coverage by allowing certain for-profit employers to discriminate against female employees.

The Contraception Health Equity and Employee Rights (CHEER) Act would require employer health plans to include coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptive methods and procedures. The proposal includes an exemption for non-profit religious employers.

"Women have the right to make their own health care decisions without interference by their boss. Women shouldn't be discriminated against for their personal health care decisions, including whether and when to use contraception," said Erin Murphy. "The Supreme Court's misguided ruling and inaction in Congress means that we need a state legislature that will step up for basic health care equity for Minnesota women."

Source: Press release: Minnesota voting record on CHEER Act Jul 30, 2014

Jim Abeler: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Abeler: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Abeler: To protect the life of the mother.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns

McFadden was recently endorsed by former Republican U.S. Sens. Rod Grams and Norm Coleman. "This isn't against them (Ortman and Abeler) in any way," Grams said, adding that he likes McFadden's take on the issues. McFadden is anti-abortion and pro-guns, Grams said.

McFadden and his partners built a business while Abeler and Ortman were serving in the Legislature. Although Abeler and Ortman have been high-profile legislators, McFadden is lesser known to the general public.

Source: ABC News on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Aug 20, 2013

Mark Dayton: Vetoed licensure requirements for abortion facilities

Legislative Summary: SF1921 would:
  • Impose new licensure requirements upon facilities which perform 10 or more abortions per month
  • Apply existing rules for outpatient surgical centers to targeted clinics.
Veto letter excerpts:
  • [Regarding surgery rules]: Clinics are very different from surgical centers. For example, under surgery center rules, clinics would be prevented from offering other services such as primary and preventive care.
  • There are six abortion clinics in Minnesota which would be affected by the legislation. All are members of the National Abortion Federation which sets clinical policy standards and inspects every member.
  • There is sufficient oversight of clinics, and there is no evidence of poor quality or unsafe procedures being performed.
Legislative Outcome:
Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bills; passed House 80-47 on April 20; passed Senate 43-23 on April 18; vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May 22.
Source: BillTrack50 on Minnesota legislative voting records: SF1921 May 22, 2012

Mark Dayton: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics

Legislative Summary:
  • A clinic or health center in which the pregnancies of ten or more women are willfully terminated each month shall be licensed by the commissioner of health.
  • The operation of such a facility without obtaining a license is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $300.
  • Comprehensive inspections, with no notice required, shall occur up to two times per year.
  • The annual license fee is $3,712.

Excerpts from Veto Letter:I am returning SF1921, because this bill would impose extensive new licensure requirements on [abortion] clinics. The bill is vague in its definition of potential licensure violations, and could permit complaints to be filed for almost any reason. There are approximately 1,250 clinics in Minnesota already subjected to significant state and federal oversight.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 43-23-1, April 18; passed House 80-47-6, April 20; vetoed by Gov. Dayton, April 26

Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF1921 Apr 26, 2012

Erin Murphy: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics

Legislative Summary:
  • A clinic or health center in which the pregnancies of ten or more women are willfully terminated each month shall be licensed by the commissioner of health.
  • The operation of such a facility without obtaining a license is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $300.
  • Comprehensive inspections, with no notice required, shall occur up to two times per year.
  • The annual license fee is $3,712.

Excerpts from Veto Letter:I am returning SF1921, because this bill would impose extensive new licensure requirements on [abortion] clinics. The bill is vague in its definition of potential licensure violations, and could permit complaints to be filed for almost any reason. There are approximately 1,250 clinics in Minnesota already subjected to significant state and federal oversight.

Legislative Outcome: Rep. Murphy voted NAY; passed Senate 43-23-1, April 18; passed House 80-47-6, April 20; vetoed April 26

Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

Jim Abeler: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities

Legislative Summary: SF1921 would:
  • Impose new licensure requirements upon facilities which perform 10 or more abortions per month
  • Apply existing rules for outpatient surgical centers to targeted clinics.
Veto letter excerpts:
  • [Regarding surgery rules]: Clinics are very different from surgical centers. For example, under surgery center rules, clinics would be prevented from offering other services such as primary and preventive care.
  • There are six abortion clinics in Minnesota which would be affected by the legislation. All are members of the National Abortion Federation which sets clinical policy standards and inspects every member.
  • There is sufficient oversight of clinics, and there is no evidence of poor quality or unsafe procedures being performed.
Legislative Outcome: Sponsored by Rep. Abeler; passed House 80-47 on April 20; passed Senate 43-23 on April 18; vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May 22.
Source: BillTrack50 on Minnesota legislative voting records: SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

Kurt Bills: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities

Legislative Summary: SF1921 would:
  • Impose new licensure requirements upon facilities which perform 10 or more abortions per month
  • Apply existing rules for outpatient surgical centers to targeted clinics.
Veto letter excerpts:
  • [Regarding surgery rules]: Clinics are very different from surgical centers. For example, under surgery center rules, clinics would be prevented from offering other services such as primary and preventive care.
  • There are six abortion clinics in Minnesota which would be affected by the legislation. All are members of the National Abortion Federation which sets clinical policy standards and inspects every member.
  • There is sufficient oversight of clinics, and there is no evidence of poor quality or unsafe procedures being performed.
Legislative Outcome: Sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bills; passed House 80-47 on April 20; passed Senate 43-23 on April 18; vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May 22.
Source: BillTrack50 on Minnesota legislative voting records: SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

Matt Dean: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities

Legislative Summary: SF1921 would:
  • Impose new licensure requirements upon facilities which perform 10 or more abortions per month
  • Apply existing rules for outpatient surgical centers to targeted clinics.
Veto letter excerpts:
  • [Regarding surgery rules]: Clinics are very different from surgical centers. For example, under surgery center rules, clinics would be prevented from offering other services such as primary and preventive care.
  • There are six abortion clinics in Minnesota which would be affected by the legislation. All are members of the National Abortion Federation which sets clinical policy standards and inspects every member.
  • There is sufficient oversight of clinics, and there is no evidence of poor quality or unsafe procedures being performed.
Legislative Outcome: Sponsored by Rep. Matt Dean; passed House 80-47 on April 20; passed Senate 43-23 on April 18; vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May 22.
Source: BillTrack50 on Minnesota legislative voting records: SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

Matt Dean: Voted YES on additional requirements for abortion clinics

Legislative Summary:

Excerpts from Veto Letter:I am returning SF1921, because this bill would impose extensive new licensure requirements on [abortion] clinics. The bill is vague in its definition of potential licensure violations, and could permit complaints to be filed for almost any reason. There are approximately 1,250 clinics in Minnesota already subjected to significant state and federal oversight.

Legislative Outcome: Rep. Matt Dean voted YEA; passed Senate 43-23-1, April 18; passed House 80-47-6, April 20; vetoed April 26

Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

Michelle Fischbach: Stricter licensure requirements for abortion facilities

Legislative Summary:˙SF1921 would:
  • Impose new licensure requirements upon facilities which perform 10 or more abortions per month
  • Apply existing rules for outpatient surgical centers to targeted clinics.
Veto letter excerpts:
  • [Regarding surgery rules]: Clinics are very different from surgical centers. For example, under surgery center rules, clinics would be prevented from offering other services such as primary and preventive care.
  • There are six abortion clinics in Minnesota which would be affected by the legislation. All are members of the National Abortion Federation which sets clinical policy standards and inspects every member.
  • There is sufficient oversight of clinics, and there is no evidence of poor quality or unsafe procedures being performed.Legislative Outcome:˙Passed House 80-47-6 on April 20; passed Senate 43-23-1 on April 18; State Sen. Michelle Fischbach voted YES; vetoed by Gov. Dayton on May 22.
    Source: BillTrack50 on Minnesota legislative voting records: SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

    Tina Liebling: No additional license requirements for abortion clinics

    Legislative Summary:
    • A clinic or health center in which the pregnancies of ten or more women are willfully terminated each month shall be licensed by the commissioner of health.
    • The operation of such a facility without obtaining a license is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $300.
    • Comprehensive inspections, with no notice required, shall occur up to two times per year.
    • The annual license fee is $3,712.

    Excerpts from Veto Letter:I am returning SF1921, because this bill would impose extensive new licensure requirements on [abortion] clinics. The bill is vague in its definition of potential licensure violations, and could permit complaints to be filed for almost any reason. There are approximately 1,250 clinics in Minnesota already subjected to significant state and federal oversight.

    Legislative Outcome: Rep. Tina Liebling voted NAY; passed Senate 43-23-1, April 18; passed House 80-47-6, April 20; vetoed April 26

    Source: Minnesota Legislative voting records on SF1921 Apr 20, 2012

    Tom Emmer: Abortions should always be illegal

      Emmer indicates support of the following principles regarding abortion.
    • Abortions should always be illegal.
    • Q: Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
      A: Yes.
    Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

    Tom Emmer: State funding of embryonic stem cell research

    Q: Do you support state funding of stem cell research?

    A: Yes.

    Q: Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?

    A: Yes.

    Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

    Jim Abeler: No public funding for embryonic stem cell research

    Jim Abeler voted Nay on Passage With Amendment on SF 100; Abeler voted Yea on Dean Amendment: Stem cell research that does not destroy, injure or create human embryos.

    Legislative title:Public Funding for Stem Cell Research

    Legislative summary: Vote to pass a bill that allows the University of Minnesota to use state funding for human embryonic and stem cell research.

    • Prohibits the selling or purchasing of fetal tissue and attempts at human cloning
    • Allows the University of Minnesota to spend state-appropriated funds on stem cell research.
    • Prohibits researchers from creating human embryos and from destroying, discarding, or injuring human embryos.
    • Issues guidelines for stem cell research.
    • Establishes an optimal structure for an amniotic and a placental stem cell bank program.
    Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses) May 7, 2008

    Jesse Ventura: Vetoed 4-hour waiting period for abortions

    The Democratic Senate passed the 24-hour notification bill only a few days after the Republican House; my office was literally besieged with phone calls from both sides of the issue.

    When asked on air about the 24-hour waiting period, I said: "It's not like driving into a McDonald's and pulling up and saying, 'I want a #4 cheeseburger.' You have to make an appointment." I went on: "Really, what I think the question comes down to is, how involved in our personal, private lives do we want to interject government?"

    I made an offer to the right wing: "I'll sign this bill if you make all optional surgical procedures have a 24-hour waiting period, which would include liposuction." They were appalled.

    Back in MN, I announced my decision on the bill in the governor's reception room. I said: "I have decided it is wrong for government to assume a role in something I have always believed was between a woman, her family, her doctor, and, if she chooses, her clergy." And I vetoed the bill.

    Source: Don`t Start, p.184-185 on Minnesota Voting Record HF1832 Apr 1, 2008

    Amy Klobuchar: Supports embryonic stem cell research

    Democrat Amy Klobuchar criticized her Republican opponent, Mark Kennedy, for not supporting embryonic stem cell research. She says his vote, and the President’s veto, are tying the hands of researchers in Minnesota. “This is the home of the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota, and we always have been on the cutting edge of new frontiers. Whether it’s pacemakers or Post-It Notes, we’ve been there,” says Klobuchar. “And stem cell research is the new frontier for research for cures.”
    Source: Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio Jul 19, 2006

    Norm Coleman: End partial birth abortion; require parental consent

    Wellstone asked Coleman what he would do to reverse the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in 1973. “In a recent voter guide, you said you support the complete and immediate reversal of Roe vs. Wade. I would like to know what you plan to get done if elected to immediately overturn Roe vs. Wade?” Wellstone said.

    “First of all the issue of abortion is a very personal one to me,” Coleman responded, as he talked about the early birth defect-related deaths of two of his four children. “Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land. I’m not going to overturn the Senate. The difference between you (Wellstone) and I is even on issues where we have deep personal agreement, I still seek to find some common ground.

    Coleman called for an end to partial birth abortions and passage of legislation which would require minors receive parental consent prior to having an abortion.

    Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Senatorial debates Aug 30, 2002

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