Minnesota Pro-Life Group Endorses Tim Tinglestad for State Supreme Court
by Steven Ertelt
September 23, 2010
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, a statewide pro-life organization opposing abortion has endorsed candidate Tim Tinglestad for the Minnesota Supreme Court. The election for the seat is important given the state high court’s decision to stick taxpayers with the bill for abortions for poor women.
MCCL told LifeNews.com today that Tinglestad has been campaigning hard around the state and is gaining support among Minnesota voters who are tired of the courts legislating from the bench.
We are excited to have a well qualified candidate for our states highest court who believes in our constitution and we believe he would not attempt to interpret it in a way that its authors never intended," says Leo LaLonde, president of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
Last December, Minnesota marked having its tax dollars paying for abortions for 14 years.
More than 47,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota since the December 15, 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court Doe v. Gomez ruling.
The Doe v. Gomez decision established a new state constitutional right to abortion on demand that would remain even if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned — making it incumbent on pro-life advocates in Minnesota to overturn the decision if they ever want to protect women and unborn children from abortions by law.
Doe v. Gomez also obligates the state and, therefore, Minnesota taxpayers, to pay for abortions, something not required by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since the Doe v. Gomez ruling, taxpayers have paid $15,632,551 for a total of 50,869 abortion procedure claims. Prior to the court decision, taxpayers were charged about $7,000 per year for just 23 abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS). The 2008 figures show Minnesota abortion businesses filed claims for 3,754 abortions and were reimbursed $1,505,862 by the state (an average of $401 per abortion).
LaLonde told LifeNews.com that, while it is not possible for judicial candidates like Tinglestad to address specific issues that may come before them "his statements concerning his judicial worldview give us confidence that he would apply the Minnesota Constitution as it is written in cases dealing with life issues like abortion, euthanasia and the rationing of care for the citizens of Minnesota."
We find it very difficult to believe that in 1858 our founders intended abortions for the women of Minnesota and went so far as to require taxpayers to fund them. LaLonde said. It is these kinds of abuses of jurisprudence that Minnesotans abhor and it is why we need Tim Tinglestad on this court."
MCCL is working to pass a ban on taxpayer funded abortion, H.F. 1059 / S.F. 906, authored by Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, DFL-Long Prairie, and Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan.
Related we sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org
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