September 19, 2022
Burnsville, MN –– Late Friday night, after dodging a similar question from KSTP earlier in the week, Fox 9 reported that Tyler Kistner called Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham’s nationwide abortion ban bill “reasonable.”
The bill would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and criminalize doctors who provide abortion care in all 50 states, including Minnesota.
Kistner announced his position after months of dodging the press and voters on the issue because he knows his extremist stance is out of touch with Minnesota’s 2nd District voters.
Two weeks ago, Axios Twin Cities uncovered his pledge to support legislation that will further restrict abortion access nationwide should he be elected to Congress. Kistner has also pledged to support all anti-choice policy that is already in effect the day he is elected — including existing state bans with no exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the woman.
Kistner was one of many GOP candidates to remove his “100% pro-life” stance from his website. As recently as July, he proudly touted an endorsement from Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a group dedicated to criminalizing abortion nationwide.
When asked about the overturning of Roe v Wade in June, Kistner told the Star Tribune, “I think that decision should be left at the states to decide.” Since Roe was overturned, nine states have enacted laws to ban abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. A number of them also stipulate that doctors who perform abortions could go to jail.
“For months, Tyler Kistner has tried to have it both ways on abortion — which is easy to do when you are driven by a thirst for power rather than principles. But today, he got caught. Kistner finally told the truth: if he goes to Congress, he’ll be another vote for Graham’s extreme abortion ban,” Angie Craig for Congress campaign manager Wellesley Daniels said. “A vote for Kistner is a vote against reproductive freedom.”