by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
October 18, 2004
LifeNews.com Note: This is the eleventh in a series of articles covering the 2004 elections state by state from the pro-life viewpoint.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The pro-life community in Minnesota can be proud of the pro-life representatives they have sent to the U.S. Congress, but this November they will have to go to the polls to keep five of them there. They will also work to re-elect President Bush in what has become a key battleground state.
Polls have shown a close race for the presidency in the last few weeks, with the latest Strategic Vision poll showing pro-abortion candidate John Kerry with a 47 to 45 percent advantage over the president, who has the backing of pro-life groups.
Looking to the Congressional races, two of the incumbents, Republicans John Kline and Mark Kennedy, are facing serious challenges from pro-abortion candidates.
Kline, who has a 100% pro-life voting record according to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), is being challenged by Teresa Daly, an abortion-on-demand advocate who has received campaign contributions and endorsements from pro-abortion groups.
"Constituents of the 2nd District have an excellent candidate in John Kline, whose pro-life position reflects the views of mainstream Minnesota," said Scott Fischbach of the MCCL Federal PAC.
Fischbach’s group endorsed Kline, as well as the other four pro-life incumbents up for re-election.
"MCCL’s endorsement is an acknowledgment of his strong record of supporting pro-life legislation that protects unborn babies, their mothers, disabled persons, people with serious illnesses and other vulnerable citizens," Fischbach told LifeNews.com.
In the 6th District, pro-life incumbent Mark Kennedy is being challenged by Patty Wetterling, who despite inconsistent statements of her position on abortion, has been endorsed by pro-abortion groups including EMILY’s List, and received the maximum possible contribution from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, for whom she helped raise money for their efforts.
Wetterling has told the press she was both "pro-choice" and "anti-abortion," a stance that cannot exist, say MCCL PAC members.
"Mrs. Wetterling’s claim to be ‘anti-abortion’ is a farce," said Jackie Moen, spokeswoman for the MCCL PAC.
"The abortion industry would never endorse or fund a candidate who is ‘anti-abortion,’ and yet Wetterling’s election remains a top priority for pro-abortion extremist organizations, both in Minnesota and nationwide, because they know she supports their radical agenda," Moen said.
MCCL Federal PAC has also endorsed Collin Peterson (D) in the 7th District, Jim Oberstar (D) in the 8th District, and Gil Gutknecht (R) in the 1st District in their re-election bids.