- Paul Stark
Where do Angie Craig and Dean Phillips stand on the right to life?
Angie Craig is running against Jason Lewis to represent Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Dean Phillips is challenging Erik Paulsen in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District.
Both Craig and Phillips declined to respond to MCCL's candidate questionnaire. But their views are no secret.
Craig endorsed by four abortion advocacy groups
"I support full reproductive rights for women," Craig says on her website. "No one should ever come between a woman and her doctor when making these decisions." She adds: "I support Planned Parenthood and will continue to fight to protect their funding."
In another statement, Craig says, "I strongly support a woman’s right to choose abortion. ... I trust women."
Craig is endorsed by four different abortion advocacy organizations: NARAL Pro-Choice America; Planned Parenthood, the nation's leader practitioner of abortion; EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports only female Democrats who oppose limits on abortion; and Women Winning (on whose board Craig previously served), a Minnesota political action committee that also supports female candidates who oppose any protection for unborn children.
Phillips has 'fierce belief' in abortion leader Planned Parenthood
Phillips is not much different. He calls himself "very pro-choice." On his website, Phillips says he will "work to ensure that women have access to comprehensive, high-quality and affordable care—including reproductive care [i.e., abortion]—throughout their lives."
In another statement, Phillips says, "Reproductive freedom and access to abortion are fundamental to the empowerment of women."
Phillips, like Craig, is endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. After receiving the latter endorsement, Phillips tweeted, "Thank you to Planned Parenthood and all who share my fierce belief in its mission. I am honored, and eager to get to work."
Planned Parenthood, which performs hundreds of thousands of abortions each year, opposes any legal limits on abortion. It supports late abortions and taxpayer funding of abortion. Through the support of its allies in Congress, Planned Parenthood receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.
Lewis, Paulsen vote to defend the vulnerable
Craig and Phillips's opponents, Jason Lewis and Erik Paulsen, offer a starkly different approach. They both provided 100 percent pro-life responses to MCCL's candidate questionnaire. They both have compiled 100 percent pro-life voting records in Congress.
Lewis and Paulsen have voted against taxpayer funding of elective abortions. They have voted to cut off federal funding to the abortion industry and redirect it to centers that provide health care to low-income women and men. They have voted to protect unborn children after 20 weeks, when babies can feel pain while they are dismembered and killed.
These are reasonable, mainstream, and humane positions that most Minnesotans support. But they are not positions we can expect from Angie Craig and Dean Phillips.