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Minnesota strengthens pro-life majority in state House

by | Nov 6, 2014


By Bill Poehler, Communications Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life

Newly-elected pro-life Rep Tom Emmer

Newly-elected pro-life Rep Tom Emmer

Tuesday’s election yielded mixed results in Minnesota. On the positive side, voters enlarged the pro-life majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives. The 134-member chamber gained 10 additional pro-life members as the Republican Party took control of the House from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party. No Minnesota Senate seats were on the ballot in 2014.

Unfortunately, pro-abortion Gov. Mark Dayton was reelected along with his running mate Tina Smith, a former vice president of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. Smith has been Dayton’s chief of staff for the last four years.

Soon after becoming governor in 2011, Dayton made a pledge to the abortion industry that he would stop every pro-life bill from becoming law. He has since vetoed all seven pro-life measures passed by the Legislature, including a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion. (A 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court decision requires taxpayers to fund elective abortions performed on low-income women.) Dayton’s challenger, pro-life Jeff Johnson, had a strong pro-life record as a Minnesota House member and a 100 percent pro-life response to the candidate questionnaire of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s NRLC affiliate.

Among the state’s candidates for federal offices, three pro-life congressional incumbents — U.S. Reps. John Kline, Erik Paulsen and Collin Peterson — were re-elected. Pro-life Tom Emmer was also elected to the seat vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann. The state’s four pro-abortion members of Congress were also re-elected. However, pro-life Stewart Mills waged a very strong campaign against pro-abortion U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in the state’s 8th District. Mills lost by less than 1.5 percent on Tuesday.

Voters also returned pro-abortion comedian Al Franken to the U.S. Senate. After winning by just 312 votes in 2008, Franken was challenged by pro-life Mike McFadden.

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