Tim Pawlenty on Abortion

Last Updated : Aug 02, 2011

Summary

Governor Pawlenty is pro-life. He has stated that he opposes abortion except in the cases of rape or incest or where the health of the mother is at risk. During the 2010 elections, Governor Pawlenty repeatedly claimed to be the most pro-life candidate and cited his record of supporting pro-life legislation and opposing embryonic stem cell research and cloning.

In 2003, Governor Pawlenty supported and signed the Right to Know Act. This legislation required that a mother be made aware of a number of issues at least 24 hours prior to receiving an abortion. This items include: the medical risks associated with the abortion procedure and with carrying the child to term; the probably gestational age of the unborn child; the medical assistance benefits and child support payments available to her; and an in-depth explanation of the abortion procedure itself, fetal development--including the baby's ability to feel pain during an abortion--and the alternatives to abortion.

In 2005, Governor Pawlenty signed the Positive Alternatives Act. This legislation required that a woman be made aware of alternatives to an abortion prior to receiving an abortion.

In 2010, Governor Pawlenty opposed the lack of Hyde Amendment language in the health care reform legislation. He noted that simply including the normal restriction to abortion funding was disappointing.

During a 2010 Presidential debate, Governor Pawlenty claimed that his record of actual accomplishments in achieving pro-life legislation made him the most pro-life candidate in the race.

Governor Pawlenty opposes federal funding for abortion and has stated that he would sign legislation to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

 

Right to Know Act

In April of 2003, the Minnesota State Legislature passed and Governor Pawlenty signed SF 187, otherwise known as the Woman's Right to Know Act. The law is shown below and required that 24 hours prior to an abortion, a woman be given the following information:

  • The medical risks associated with the abortion procedure and with carrying the child to term;
  • The probably gestational age of the unborn child;
  • The medical assistance benefits and child support payments available to her; and
  • An in-depth explanation of the abortion procedure itself, fetal development--including the baby's ability to feel pain during an abortion--and the alternatives to abortion.

 

Positive Alternatives Act

In 2005, Governor Pawlenty signed the Positive Alternatives (to abortion) Act. The legislation makes available approximately $2.4 million annually for alternatives to abortion programs that support, encourage, and assist women in carrying their pregnancies to term and caring for their babies after birth. The statute is shown below.

 

Cloning Bill Veto

In 2007, Governor Pawlenty vetoed SF 100, which related to stem cell research. Opponents of the legislation claimed that it sanctioned human cloning by noting the need to destroy certain embryos.

 

Statement on March for Life

On his campaign website, Governor Pawlenty stated his support for the march for life. He noted the need to extend the right to life to the innocent and powerless.

 

Christian Today Interview

On January 27, 2011 Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by Christianity Today and asked about the abortion funding issues in the health care reform legislation.

 

Punishments for Abortion Violations

In May of 2011, Governor Pawlenty was asked about his views on punishment for violation of abortion laws at a campaign rally. He told the New Times Herald that there should be some sort of punishment, but that he did not have a specific proposal.

 

Faith and Freedom Conference

In June of 2011 Governor Pawlenty spoke at the Faith and Freedom conference and noted that the first step in providing a high quality of life was the guarantee of that life.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In the New Hampshire Presidential Debate in June of 2011, the candidates were asked if they agreed with Governo Pawlenty's position on abortion. When the question was posed to Governor Pawlenty, he noted that he not only vocalizes support for pro-life measures, he has enacted them as governor.

 

Planned Parenthood Funding

In a June 2011 interview, Governor Pawlenty appeared on the Jordan Sekulow show and stated that he would sign legislation to remove government funding from Planned Parenthood.

 

References

[1] Website: Christianity Today Article: Q & A: Tim Pawlenty on Evangelicals and the Issues Author: Sarah Pulliam Bailey Accessed on: 05/11/2011

[2] Website: Daily Times Herald Article: Republican Pawlenty's 1st take: No 'criminal sanction' for abortion Author: DOUGLAS BURNS Accessed on: 08/02/2011

[3] Website: LifeNews.com Article: Tim Pawlenty: I Would Sign Ban on Planned Parenthood Funding Author: Steven Ertelt Accessed on: 08/02/2011

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