By Scott Fischbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL)
You’ve probably heard about the recent legal battle between the state Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton. It’s not unlike the battle pro-lifers in Minnesota have been waging for the last seven years.
We’ve passed a lot of pro-life bills over that time. And while we’ve had some modest legislative victories, the major legislation—e.g., bills to ban taxpayer funding of abortion and to license and inspect abortion facilities—has been repeatedly vetoed by Gov. Dayton. Even with the pro-life Legislature that we currently have, we can’t get those bills past the governor’s veto pen.
It’s very frustrating. There’s only so much we can do with a governor who is opposed to all limits on abortion. That’s why a pro-life governor is so important.
GOVERNOR’S RACE WIDE OPEN
Enter next year’s elections. Gov. Dayton isn’t running again, so the race for governor is wide open. Many candidates, in both parties, are already running. Many candidates will be seeking your support for their party’s nomination.
Here are questions that should be asked of every candidate:
Do you think that all human beings—regardless of age, size, ability, dependency, and location (in the womb or out)—have a right to life? Do you support legal protection for every member of the human family, including unborn children, their mothers, and those who are sick or disabled? Do you want to save lives from the violence of abortion?
More concretely, will you support legislation to stop the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion? Will you support legislation to hold abortion centers to basic health and safety standards?
ABORTION A FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE
If a candidate supports the killing of children in the womb, he or she should not be supported for public office. Abortion, remember, is more fundamental than other political issues. The abortion issue is about whether a whole class of innocent human beings will continue to be excluded from the basic protection of society. The abortion issue is about the right of these human beings to live. The abortion issue is about whether human equality is actually true.
And the legislation that is at stake makes a difference. Pro-life laws we have enacted in the past have helped reduce the number of abortions in Minnesota. Pro-life legislation we will pursue in the years to come can do the same. Human lives are on the line, and we have a chance to save them.
But we need a pro-life governor. We need a pro-life governor to sign major life-saving bills into law.
FOLLOW THE RACE
So, as the race for governor develops over the next year, be sure to follow the candidates and where they stand on life (stay up-to-date with MCCL News, www.mccl.org, and our Voter’s Guide next fall).
The stakes are very high. We can’t afford to sit this out.
Editor’s note. This appeared in the September/October issue of MCCL News.