Pro-Life Group Backs Karin Housley for Senate in Minnesota Over Pro-Abortion Sen. Tina Smith

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 27, 2018   |   10:07AM   |   St. Paul, Minnesota

At a press conference today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) endorsed pro-life candidate Karin Housley in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate special election.

“National Right to Life is pleased to endorse state Senator Karin Housley, whose position on life reflects the true values of Minnesota’s voters,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “There is a stark contrast between Karin Housley, who supports legal protection for unborn children, and Tina Smith, who supports abortion for any reason until birth.”

Karin Housley supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – legislation to protect unborn children by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

Housley’s opponent, Sen. Tina Smith (D), voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311, January 19, 2018, Roll Call No. 25). As a former lobbyist and vice president for the Minnesota Planned Parenthood affiliate, Tina Smith supports giving hundreds of millions of dollars of government funds to the nation’s largest abortion provider. Tina Smith supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion.

In contrast, Karin Housley opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion.

Last year, with disgraced pro-abortion Senator Al Franken stepping down from his Senate seat after being exposed of multiple counts of sexual harassment, Minnesota got a new Senator. Pro-abortion Gov, Mark Dayton replaced Franken with a former executive of the Planned Parenthood abortion company, Tina Smith.

Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life,shared more about Smith’s background.

“An abortion industry insider, Ms. Smith is a former vice president of Planned Parenthood in Minnesota, the state’s leading performer of abortion,” he told LifeNews.

Many know Smith as the state’s lieutenant governor, but not her long history as an advocate of abortion on demand.

Smith is a former vice president at Planned Parenthood in Minnesota. As a leader in the state’s abortion industry, she put her marketing background to work for Planned Parenthood from January 2003 to February 2006. The organization performed 9,717 abortions in Minnesota during that period, and increased its abortions by 22 percent. It was also reimbursed $458,574.74 by Minnesota taxpayers for performing 1,892 abortions on low-income women. Planned Parenthood became the largest abortion provider in the state in 2004—and has held that position ever since. It received $12.65 million in government grants from 2003 to 2005.

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As an executive at Planned Parenthood, Smith helped lead the organization’s fierce opposition to Woman’s Right to Know. Smith opposes informing women about abortion risks, complications and alternatives.

As a top representative for the abortion industry, Smith strongly opposed commonsense legislation such as the Positive Alternatives Act of 2005, which provides pregnant women in need with practical assistance and life-affirming alternatives to abortion. She argued that pregnancy care centers that don’t refer women for abortions should not be eligible for any state grants.

During Smith’s tenure as Gov. Mark Dayton’s chief of staff, Dayton vetoed seven different pro-life measures, including licensing of abortion facilities and protection for pain-capable unborn children. He also vetoed a bill to stop the public funding of abortions at facilities like Planned Parenthood. During Smith’s three years as lieutenant governor, Dayton again dutifully vetoed bills to ban taxpayer funded abortions and to require licensing and inspection of abortion facilities, including Planned Parenthood.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund honored Smith in 2012 “for her passion and commitment to Planned Parenthood.” It’s clear what Tina Smith fights for: no-limits abortion, subsidized by taxpayers. And she fights against any funding of alternatives to abortion.

“Tina Smith is, without a doubt, the Abortion Senator,” LaLonde concluded.