By Dave Andrusko
Tim Pawlenty, pro-life governor of Minnesota from 2003 to 2011, made it official today: he is a candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
Pawlenty has a solid record of pro-life achievements in his two terms as governor of Minnesota and is liked across the party spectrum.
To list just a few of his accomplishments, in his first year Pawlenty signed the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires informed consent and a 24-hour waiting period.
In 2008 he vetoed a cloning bill that would have legalized human cloning and forced taxpayers to pay for the destruction of human life.
And in addition to submitting an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in a case involving New Hampshire’s parental notification law, to mark the anniversary of Roe v.Wade, Pawlenty instituted an annual declaration marking January 22 as “Sanctity of Human Life Day.”
In 2006 Pawlenty signed a law making Minnesota the first state to offer prenatal hospice as an alternative to a planned abortion when a woman is seeking an abortion because her unborn child is diagnosed with a fetal anomaly incompatible with life.
In 2005, Pawlenty signed the Positive Alternatives to Abortion Act, which grants supportive services to at-risk pregnant women before and after birth, and encourages them to carry their pregnancy to term.
Coincidently, last week the Minnesota Department of Health released its evaluation of the program. You learn from the Department of Health that over 13,000 more women in Minnesota have been helped by the Positive Alternatives program!
A number of other Republicans have declined to run, including former Arkansas Govenor Mike Huckabee, Mississippi Govenor Haley Barbour, and businessman Donald Trump.
But others have thrown their hats in the ring, such as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, businessman Herman Cain, Rep. Ron Paul, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and pro-abortion former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.
Others are still weighing their options include former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.