Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tom Emmer's stance on abortion, the right to life

State Rep. Tom Emmer is the Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota. Where does he stand on human life?

Emmer opposes abortion on demand and supports the protection of human beings at every stage of life. He scored 100 percent on the MCCL candidate questionnaire. Emmer explains his position as follows:
I strongly believe in the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death. As a legislator, I have voted 100 percent pro-life and introduced numerous bills and amendments to protect the unborn. As Governor, I will continue to support the rights of the unborn, the elderly and the infirm.
While serving in the Minnesota House, Emmer voted in favor of the pro-life position 49 out of 49 times (100 percent). These include votes for the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, requiring that abortionists have hospital admitting privileges, and banning taxpayer funding of saline, sex-selection and RU486 abortions. He also opposes coerced abortion and health care rationing.

Emmer co-authored the Positive Alternatives Act, which provides practical help and alternatives to abortion for pregnant women in need. He also co-authored legislation to ban taxpayer funding of abortion in Minnesota.

Emmer voted against state funding of embryo-destructive research, and he authored legislation to encourage ethical adult stem cell research and ban human cloning.

In the general election on Nov. 2, Emmer faces pro-abortion candidates Mark Dayton and Tom Horner.