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Keith Ellison is running for attorney general pledging to oppose pro-life laws

When Lori Swanson, Minnesota's current attorney general, decided to run for governor, Keith Ellison quickly jumped into the race to fill her position.

Ellison has represented Minnesota's 5th congressional district (which includes Minneapolis) in the U.S. House since 2007. His record and his agenda for the attorney general's office should deeply concern pro-life Minnesotans.

Ellison has compiled a zero percent pro-life voting record during his 12 years in Congress, according to National Right to Life—including numerous votes in favor of late-term abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, and taxpayer funding of abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood.

Minnesota's attorney general is the state's chief law enforcement official, but Ellison suggests that, if elected to the job, he might enforce only those laws with which he agrees. Shortly after entering the race, he "said … he won't defend new abortion restrictions in court if state lawmakers approve them," MPR News reported.

"I find that there is a right to reproductive health"—a term used in this context as a euphemism for a right to kill human beings before they are born—"in the Minnesota constitution and the federal constitution," Ellison said at a July 2 news conference, "so if the state Legislature tries to make me to defend an unconstitutional law, I wouldn't be able to do that."

Ellison has been endorsed for attorney general by NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. "We must be prepared to use every tool we have to protect access to legal abortion in Minnesota," said the group's executive director. "Keith Ellison has demonstrated time and time again that he is willing to fight for reproductive rights."

Ellison is running against former state Rep. Doug Wardlow, the Republican-endorsed candidate for attorney general. Wardlow, a graduate of Georgetown's law school, has practiced constitutional law with Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal advocacy group.

Wardlow provided a 100 percent pro-life response to MCCL's candidate questionnaire (Ellison did not respond to the questionnaire). On his website, Wardlow draws a sharp contrast with Ellison by promising to defend laws "passed [to] protect the lives of unborn children."

This article first ran in the June-August 2018 issue of MCCL News.

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