WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, announced its endorsement of Teresa Collett, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in MN-04.
“Minnesota families deserve the pro-life feminine leadership Teresa Collett has already demonstrated in multiple pro-life advocacy roles,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List Candidate Fund. “Collett’s commitment to rescinding taxpayer funding of abortion in health care is urgently needed in the next Congress.”
Collett’s record of pro-life advocacy spans for more than a decade in which she has briefed a committee of the U.S. Senate about the consequences of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the U.S. House of Representatives and various state legislatures about the constitutional right of parents to know of their daughter’s decision before an abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court regarding partial birth abortion and parental notification.
“Teresa Collett has expressed her strong determination to be a vocal advocate for women and unborn children in abortion debates on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, much as she has for her entire career,” Dannenfelser said.
Collett’s primary opponent, Jack Shepard, is a fugitive convicted of two felonies, hiding in Italy to avoid a third charge for arson. Shepard will be arrested if he returns to the United States. His past political campaigns include a run for U.S. Senate in 2002 and 2008, for MN-04 in 2006 and for president in 2008.
Collett’s general election opponent, Democrat incumbent Betty McCollum, has a 0 percent NRLC rating including a vote against the Smith-Stupak Amendment to protect the pro-life “Mexico City Policy,” several votes in favor of federal funding for Planned Parenthood and a vote in favor of the health care reform bill providing for taxpayer-funded abortion.
Collett will face Jack Shepard in the August 10 Republican primary election and then meet Betty McCollum in the November general election.
The Susan B. Anthony List plans to spend $6 million on voter education in the midterm elections, including $3 million on key Senate races. The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of over 280,000 Americans, residing in all 50 states, dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.
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