June 1, 2022 | Press Release
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Federal PAC and National Right to Life have endorsed Brad Finstad for Congress in the special election in Minnesota’s First Congressional District. Finstad won the Republican primary election on May 24 and will compete in the general election on Aug. 9 to serve out the remainder of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s term.
“Brad Finstad is a dedicated pro-life champion who will work in Congress to protect unborn children and their mothers and to prevent the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion,” said Cathy Blaeser of the MCCL Federal PAC. “These are not mere promises. Brad Finstad has a proven track record of pro-life leadership here in Minnesota. We can count on him to fight for life in Washington.”
From 2003-2009, Finstad served in the Minnesota House, where he cast 63 different pro-life votes and compiled a perfect 100 percent pro-life voting record. He authored the Positive Alternatives Act, which created a grant program to provide practical support and alternatives to abortion for pregnant women and new mothers; through 2020, the program has helped close to 80,000 families.
Finstad voted for the Woman’s Right to Know informed consent law and the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, and he cast numerous votes against taxpayer funding of abortion. He also proposed amendments that would allow abortion-seeking women to see their ultrasounds and prevent groups that perform or promote abortion from receiving taxpayer dollars.
“National Right to Life is pleased to endorse Brad Finstad for election to Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Brad Finstad has a proven record of standing up for unborn children and their mothers.”
The Democratic candidate in the special election, Jeff Ettinger, takes a very different position. He states on his website, “I believe Roe v. Wade is and should remain decided law,” and he tweeted that he would “vote to codify Roe v. Wade into law.” Roe v. Wade is the U.S. Supreme Court decision that nullified laws protecting unborn children nationwide.
“Jeff Ettinger wants to permanently enshrine abortion-on-demand. He doesn’t want the Supreme Court to even allow Minnesotans to have a say,” said Blaeser. “Brad Finstad offers a stark contrast. He will advocate for the most vulnerable and be a strong pro-life voice for southern Minnesota.”