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Open Forum: LeMieur is pro-life

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Rep. Mike LeMieur’s DFL Party opponents are claiming his victory last November is because of “big funding” from donors outside his district.  Nothing could be further from the truth. Check Transparency data.com/contributions for contributions of $250 or more and you’ll see  two-thirds of LeMieur’s money came from individuals who live in the district or have close ties to it. However, his DFL opponent, Al Doty, received two-thirds of his $250 or more donations from various labor and public teachers unions or their PACs. Only two individuals made $250 contributions.

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Despite what DFL letter writers are saying, Rep. Mike LeMieur is solidly pro-life. He believes in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death; no abortion or euthanasia. This session he co-sponsored and helped pass five major pro-life bills: the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion, bans on human cloning and taxpayer funding of human cloning and protections to keep tax dollars away from family planning organizations that are involved in abortion.

Note:  since a June, 1994 court decision, Minnesota taxpayers have been forced to pay for elective abortions for low-income women. In the 15 years through December 2009, 54,802 abortions have cost Minnesota taxpayers $17,275,117.14. Also, other tax money was spent on human cloning for scientific research by the University of Minnesota. (Minnesota Dept. of Human Services)

Rep. LeMieur and fellow legislators wanted to put this money to better use in programs helping those in dire need because of the economy and the cutbacks that some hospitals, schools and others have had to make. This legislation easily passed both the House and Senate, but was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a pro-abortion Democrat. This shows his unwillingness to compromise even though it would’ve greatly benefited the people of Minnesota. 

Clara Kedrowski                                                                                                                                                                          Little Falls

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