Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kurt Bills, pro-life high school teacher, challenges Klobuchar

A version of the following was published in the July/August issue of MCCL News.

"I cling to the ideal of a citizen-legislator, not a career politician," says Kurt Bills. "My aspirations lie only in fixing what's broken and standing up for what's right."

An economics teacher

Bills is the Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate. He offers voters a pro-life alternative to pro-abortion incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar in the Nov. 6 election.

Bills currently represents District 37B in the Minnesota House of Representatives; he previously served on the Rosemount City Council. He has taught social studies, including economics and American government, for the past 15 years at Rosemount High School.

Bills lives in Rosemount with his four children and wife of 17 years, Cindy, who runs a home daycare. The family attends Christ Church in Apple Valley.

Record is pro-life

"Cindy and I are both staunchly pro-life," Bills says. He opposes abortion, human cloning, research that requires the destruction of human embryos, and health care rationing based on "quality of life" criteria. "I look forward to taking the pro-life message to the United States Senate."

During his two years in the Legislature, Bills has cast many pro-life votes, including votes to ban taxpayer funding of abortion, protect unborn children capable of feeling pain, and ban taxpayer funding of human cloning. This year he co-authored bills to license and inspect abortion facilities and prohibit "webcam abortions," in which the RU486 abortion drug is dispensed remotely absent the physical presence of a doctor. Both pro-life measures were vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Bills strongly opposes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which will result in government-subsidized abortion coverage and the rationing of lifesaving care. "Obamacare should never have passed, and it should be repealed as soon as possible," he explains. "My opponent Amy Klobuchar was the deciding vote in passing ... Obamacare."

Every vote matters

Recent history—notably the Obamacare debate—has shown that every Senate vote matters. Kurt Bills promises to make his vote count on behalf of unborn children and other vulnerable members of the human family.