State of Minnesota Archives: on Abortion


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

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

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

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: No additional license 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: 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:

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

Tom Emmer: Abortions should always be illegal

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.

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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Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
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Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

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