Here’s where Minn. congressional candidates stand on national abortion ban

Maia Irvin, Minnesota Reformer, September 22, 2022

For decades, Republicans promised voters they’d ban abortions if only the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade. 

Sure enough, abortion was swiftly banned in Republican-controlled states around the country in the wake of the court’s June decision striking down Roe.

But a public backlash — evident in polls, a Kansas ballot question and several special elections around the country — has Republicans often looking to change the subject before the fall election. 

Not Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., though, who recently introduced a bill to ban abortion nationally after 15 weeks. States would also be allowed to enact stricter bans.

Minnesota remains a safe haven for abortion rights in the upper Midwest under the state Supreme Court case Doe v. Gomez, but that could change with a federal ban. 

Here’s where the 16 candidates for U.S. House stand on Graham’s abortion proposal: 

District 2

Rep. Angie Craig, DFL

Craig also took to Twitter to criticize Graham’s bill on Sept. 14

“We need to codify Roe & ensure women — not government — are in charge of their own healthcare decisions,” Craig said. 

Tyler Kistner, R

Craig’s Republican competitor Kistner did not respond to the Reformer’s request for comment on Graham’s bill. 

In 2020, Kistner’s stance on abortion was “100% pro-life,” something he is now trying to distance himself from. A Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life survey from this summer showed Kistner said he would uphold anti-abortion laws. In a Star Tribune article published Wednesday, Kistner called abortion “an extremely complex issue,” but did not expand. 

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