Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Franken's celebration of abortion at odds with Minnesotans

Senator will speak today in praise of deadly Roe v. Wade decision

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) denounced plans by Sen. Al Franken to speak at a NARAL Pro-Choice America event in Washington, D.C., today in celebration of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

"Senator Franken should not be celebrating the deadly Roe v. Wade decision as keynote speaker at a NARAL luncheon," said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. "As Senator Franken rejoices over abortion in Washington today, the majority of Minnesotans oppose abortion on demand, which has resulted in the deaths of 52 million unborn children."

Roe v. Wade is one of the worst examples of judicial activism in the history of U.S. jurisprudence. Seven unelected justices overturned decades of legal precedence in nearly every state, which protected unborn children and their mothers, and established absolute abortion on demand. The wrongly decided ruling was based on a falsehood that the U.S. Constitution contained a "right to privacy" that included the killing of unborn children in the womb.

The results of Roe v. Wade have been tragic. A total of 543,000 unborn children have been killed in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Women have died needlessly from botched abortions. Many women have been injured from dangerous abortion procedures and by unscrupulous abortionists; some women have been left infertile.

Franken assumed the office of U.S. senator in July 2009 after thousands of voters' ballots had been thrown out in a lengthy judicial battle.

"Senator Franken's strong support of abortion on demand regardless of the reason, regardless of how late in the pregnancy, regardless of the age of the pregnant girl, regardless of coercion by the girl's parents or the baby's father—all of this demonstrates how far out of touch he is with the people of Minnesota," Fischbach added. "Minnesota deserves better than Al Franken."

MCCL is Minnesota's oldest and largest pro-life organization with more than 70,000 member families and 240 chapters across the state. For more information about MCCL, visit www.mccl.org.