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MCCL Federal PAC endorses Karin Housley for Senate
MCCL Federal PAC, working in conjunction with National Right to Life PAC and Susan B. Anthony List, held an unprecedented joint press conference on March 27 to endorse State Sen. Karin Housley for the U.S. Senate. The joint news event with state and national leaders of the pro-life movement underscores the critical importance of this race.
A video of the news conference can be viewed on Facebook.
Spokeswomen from each organization highlighted Sen. Housley's superb qualifications and flawless record in the Minnesota Senate.
"Karin Housley's pro-life voting record perfectly reflects the convictions of the great majority of Minnesotans, unlike that of pro-abortion Tina Smith," said MCCL Federal PAC's Andrea Rau. "Sen. Housley's record of always voting for the protection of innocent human life will be well received by the people of Minnesota."
Sen. Housley has been a strong advocate for unborn children and their mothers at the Legislature. Since her election in 2012, she has voted at every opportunity in favor of a ban on taxpayer funded abortion. She has repeatedly voted in support of the licensing and inspection of Minnesota’s abortion facilities, which remain unlicensed by the state. Sen. Housley also voted to exclude abortion coverage from the state’s MNsure medical insurance program.
"There is a stark contrast between Karin Housley and Tina Smith, appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to fill an open seat," said NRL PAC President Carol Tobias. "Karin Housley supports legal protection for unborn children while Tina Smith supports abortion for any reason until birth."
“For too long this seat has been held by abortion extremists who are out of step with most Minnesotans,” said SBA List’s Sue Swayze Liebel. “Karin will work for the people, not the abortion lobby. Her voice is greatly needed in the U.S. Senate and we urge voters to support her.”
Smith has a long record of abortion advocacy. She is a former vice president for the Minnesota Planned Parenthood affiliate, where abortions increased 22 percent during her three years there. Smith led Planned Parenthood’s fierce opposition to Woman's Right to Know legislation, and lobbied against a grant program to extend support to women who do not want to abort their unborn babies.
In her short time as a U.S. senator appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Smith has voted against the protection of well-developed unborn babies who are able to feel pain. Smith also voted against the confirmation of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, even though the American Bar Association unanimously rated Stras “well qualified” for the position.
“Tina Smith is an abortion industry insider whose extreme views on abortion put her far outside the mainstream of Minnesotans,” Rau said. “Karin Housley will be a welcome voice in the U.S. Senate to advocate for the most vulnerable among us—including unborn children and their mothers.”