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Minnesota 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

Sen. Tina Smith (D)

A proven leader who’s dedicated her career to advancing women’s health and rights

[Planned Parenthood]l is an organization that is deeply trusted to be there for women, men, and families when it’s needed, and that’s something I’m very proud of.

— Tina Smith

Source: Minnesota Star Tribune

Throughout Tina Smith’s career, her mission has been to advocate and work for women. From her work as a vice president at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) to her work fighting for paid family leave as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, Smith has long been a champion for women and families. If Smith is re-elected to the Senate, she will keep up this important work.

Why We Support Tina Smith

  • She stands up against attacks on our health care from the Trump administration and congressional Republicans

  • She is a strong supporter of expanding paid parental leave

  • She’s been fighting for Planned Parenthood her whole career –– as vice president at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota; as lieutenant governor; and as U.S. senator

Tina Smith on the Issues:

Abortion

Smith is a tireless fighter for access to safe, legal abortion. As senator, Smith recently opposed a bill introduced in Congress that would ban abortion at 20 weeks. As a vice president at PPMNS from 2003 to 2006, Smith fought several anti-abortion bills. She fought against Minnesota’s “Positive Alternatives Act,” which is designed to limit women’s reproductive health options and fund anti-abortion organizations, known as crisis pregnancy centers, which intentionally mislead women about their health care options.

Smith fought the Minnesota’s 2003 “Women’s Right to Know” law, which required women to receive dangerous, mandatory anti-abortion counseling 24 hours before getting an abortion. Smith also led the charge to oppose a 2005 South Dakota TRAP law aimed at restricting abortion access. TRAP laws are severe and medically unnecessary, and they’re often pushed by anti-abortion politicians under the guise of "women's health.”

Access to Health Care

Smith is dedicated to protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, which one in eight Minnesota adults rely on, and which she describes as “a lifeline to thousands of Minnesotans.” She opposes repealing the ACA, which would cut Medicaid and restrict women’s reproductive health care access. When it was revealed that President Donald Trump’s administration was considering lifetime Medicaid caps, Smith described them as “the worst kind of policy — one that undermines the purpose of Medicaid and hurts people who may not have other care options.”

Birth Control

Smith understands that “birth control is essential health care for women.” That’s why she opposes President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate, which allowed more than 62 million people in the United States, including 1.1 million Minnesotans, to access no-copay birth control. Smith knows well that “women deserve economic opportunity and fairness as well as reproductive freedom.”

Health Equity for All

Smith advocates for parental leave for Americans, “no matter where they work.” As lieutenant governor, Smith supported expanding parental leave policies in Minnesota. She supports immigrant rights and called out President Donald Trump for having “held Dreamers hostage.”

If Smith is re-elected senator, she will continue working toward passing anti-gun violence legislation. She has pledged to never take money from the NRA.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

As a former vice president of PPMNS, Smith has unique, firsthand experience in standing up for Planned Parenthood patients. In this role, Smith helped develop the organization’s education and outreach programs and worked to provide over 50,000 Minnesotans with essential health services, like STI testing and cancer screenings every year.

Recently, Smith fought against proposals to deny organizations like Planned Parenthood Title X funds. She describes Planned Parenthood as “an organization that is deeply trusted to be there for women, men, and families when it’s needed.”

Karin Housley (R)

An anti-choice Trump loyalist who wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

I think sometimes when we legislate to help women, we actually aren’t helping them.

—Karin Housley

Source: The Huffington Post

Electing Karin Housley to the U.S. Senate would be harmful for women in Minnesota and across the country. In the Minnesota state Senate, Housley supported four different bills that ban or restrict abortion access — and she co-authored two of them herself.

After Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) was sworn into office, Housley attacked Smith, writing that Smith’s work at Planned Parenthood “gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values.”

Housley has openly praised President Donald Trump, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Tucker Carlson — three anti-abortion men who openly express their desire to turn back the clock on women’s health.

Why We Don't Support Karin Housley

  • She supported four different bills that ban or restrict abortion access

  • She claimed that Sen. Tina Smith’s work at Planned Parenthood “gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values.”

  • She wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act

Karin Housley on the Issues:

Abortion

It comes as no surprise that Housley is endorsed by some of the largest anti-abortion PACs and groups in the country, including the Susan B. Anthony list. In the Minnesota state Senate, Housley supported four different bills that ban or restrict abortion access, co-authoring two of them herself.

Access to Health Care

Housley wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which she claims “made life a lot harder.” When Housley was asked what she would replace it with, she dodged the question, saying, “those issues are coming.” Congress’s last attempt to repeal the ACA would have taken health care away from 366,000 Minnesotans and put coverage at risk for 900,000 other Minnesotans covered by Medicaid.

Health Equity for All

From wanting to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to invalidating Planned Parenthood patients, it’s clear that equality and equity in health care is not one of Housley’s priorities. The same goes for LGBTQ rights. In 2013, Housley voted against Minnesota’s legalization of gay marriage.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Housley is seriously out of touch with the over 50,000 Minnesotans who get the care they need at Planned Parenthood health centers in her state every year. After Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) was sworn into office, Housley attacked Smith, writing that Smith’s work at Planned Parenthood — bringing essential health services, like STI testing and cancer screenings, to patients — “gives reason to be concerned as to whether she will stand up for everyday Minnesota values.” Not only is Housley wrong, but she’s also invalidating the experience of tens of thousands of Planned Parenthood patients.

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