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Candidates for Minnesota’s First District respond to MCCL's survey on life issues

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Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Minnesota’s First Congressional District were asked the questions below. A short explanation precedes each question. In the chart on the right, each candidate is listed along with his or her party and responses to the questions. A “Y” indicates that the candidate answered yes, “N” indicates no, and “NR” indicates that no response has yet been received.

The special primary election will take place May 24, 2022. The special election will then be held August 9. More information about the special election in Minnesota's First Congressional District can be found here.


1.  MCCL and our national affiliate, National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), have supported the passage of many pieces of lifesaving legislation on the federal level. Will you use your vote to maintain any pro-life law or policy that is in effect on the day that you are elected?


2.  MCCL and NRLC have a proven record of crafting and implementing a strategic plan for creating a pro-life nation. This strategic plan involves an incremental approach which allows for the greatest number of lives saved while working toward our ultimate goal of establishing respect for human life in our laws and culture. Will you vote for lifesaving legislation that advances this incremental approach and provides protections for the unborn and their mothers?


3.  The federal government is often asked for funding for the abortion industry, including subsidies for abortion and abortion providers as well as foreign aid for abortion industry subsidies and abortion advocacy. Even many who support abortion are not supportive of using taxpayer funds to support abortion. Will you vote to limit and/or prohibit taxpayer funding of the abortion industry?


4.  Would you vote for legislation to prevent federal support of research that harms or destroys human life at any stage of development, or that uses cells or tissues that are obtained by harming or killing human life at any stage of development?


5.  Numerous policies have been sought, and in some cases made law, that deny patients healthcare based on quality of life criteria. Examples include the creation through the Affordable Care Act of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and hospitals that have implemented formal policies authorizing denial of lifesaving medical treatment against the will of a patient or the patient’s family if an ethics committee thinks the patient’s so-called “quality of life” is unacceptable, even though the patient and family disagree. Will you vote to prohibit involuntary denial of lifesaving medical treatment against the will of the patient?


6.  Across the country, there are increasing efforts to legalize assisted suicide. Will you vote against any attempts to legalize assisted suicide?


7.  As a grassroots advocacy organization that is committed to working within the legislative process, MCCL has always had an interest in issues that affect elections. We are strongly committed to maintaining free-speech rights in order to maximize our ability to communicate with our members and the public without restrictive administrative burdens. Do you share MCCL’s commitment to maintaining free-speech rights for non-profits and PACs?

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