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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)
- Is abortion ever morally tolerable?
- What does the archbishop say?
- What is the intention of this list
- Who is RFL [Respect-for-Life, Inc.]?
- Is each voter responsible for
- How often is this web site
"Bringing a respect for human dignity to practical politics can be a
daunting task. There is such a wide spectrum of issues involving the
protection of human life and the promotion of human dignity. Good people
frequently disagree on which problems to address, which policies to adopt and
how best to apply them. But for citizens and elected officials alike, the
basic principle is simple: We must begin with a commitment never to
intentionally kill, or collude with the killing, of any innocent human life, no
matter how broken, unformed, disabled, or desperate that life may seem. In
other words, the choice of certain ways of acting is always and radically
incompatible with the love of God and the dignity of the human person created in
His image. Direct abortion is never morally tolerable option."
(U.S. Bishops, "Living the Gospel of Life", 1998, n21.)
Because of the above statement about "living the Gospel of Life",
and because of our religious convictions, we present information about which candidates are "pro-life", based on
available published information.
See also Fr. Corapi's statement about this highest priority issue "protection of
human life from the moment of conception"...refer to
our page on the presidential candidates, and scroll down to his comments.
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2. What does the archbishop say?
Harry Flynn [of
Paul/Mpls. archdiocese prior to 2008] - a quotation from the Catholic Defense League
"The Defender" Oct. 2000--
"Archbishop Harry Flynn in the Catholic Spirit (Oct. 5),
outlined the Catholic teaching on abortion quoting pertinent passages
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
He made one especially pertinent point when he quoted 2271 from the
Catholic Catechism which says, ' Since the first century, the Church
has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This
teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct
abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or means is
gravely contrary to moral law.'
[And the CCC quotes other sources:] 'You shall not kill the embryo by
abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.' (See
reference 74 in Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), under article
Let this Church teaching strengthen our
wills to vote only for pro-life candidates.
2b. Archbishop John Nienstedt
-- New [in 2008] archbishop of the archdiocese
of Minneapolis/St. Paul --- Browse to the statements by Archbishop Nienstedt of
the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN as expressed in the
Catholic Spirit newspaper.[then
click on "Archbishop Nienstedt" selection].
more about the U.S. bishops'
call to faithful citizenship and civic
responsibility by visiting the web site
of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops: www.usccb.org Then
click on the "Faithful Citizenship" image on the left side of the web page.
Or browse to the website:
www.faithfulcitizenship.org for articles to help you vote according to your
conscience and hopefully your conscience has been formed in accordance with the
true Catholic teachings.
For more about the incorrectly titled legislation, "Freedom of Choice Act",
refer also to the website,
www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/FOCA/index.html which is the US
Conference of Catholic Bishops' website for further analysis of FOCA.
This list was compiled with the intent to help those who asked
for further information about "which candidates are pro-life" or about
those "candidates who have a 'respect-for-life' perspective".
Only candidates, who have been or are known to
express a strong positive opinion about being "pro-life", are listed.
Published resources was used
to derive information for this list of pro-life candidates. We thank the Minnesota Family
Council (MFC) [www.mfc.org] and
Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life (MCCL) [www.mccl.org]
for granting us permission to use their published information.
encouraged to study each candidate's views by using other
resources. For example, the MN Secretary of State has an
information number and a web site. For voting places and times, call
(651) 215-1440, or use their toll free number:
1-877-xxx-nnnn [coming soon].
The MN web site has information: http://www.sos.state.mn.us
Before you vote, I strongly encourage you to listen to a very reasonable set of
arguments 'for life',
available by following this link:
, or search on "Dr Peter Kreeft on Voting" to find the very enlightening and
reasonable talk on the internet.
This talk is presented with reasonable
arguments supported by the true knowledge of our human nature and by the
Church's teachings on being 'for life'. Even though you may not be Catholic, I
encourage you to listen to this talk to obtain greater understanding even from a
purely human point of view.
Other resources to study candidates include the following. Research the
candidates at www.votesmart.org.
For citizens in Minnesota in Hennepin, Anoka, and Ramsey county, voter in
formation and sample ballots are available; browse to one or more of the
If any candidate was not properly classified by the staff here at Respect-for-Life, Inc., please let us know so we can revise and/or correct this list,
and give us you reasonable arguments. Our guide
line was, "If he/she was
found to be approximately 70% or higher in support of pro-life issues",
then we listed them in this list.
If you find you name in this list and want it removed, please email your request
to study each candidate's view for learning greater details about
them. See Link page.
Items which are blank indicate
items which have not yet been filled in, or the
candidate has not revealed how he/she stands on the pro-life issues. If they chose not to reveal their stand on pro-life issues,
they were not listed here.
Legend: R means Republican, D means Democrat,
I means Independence Party, C means Constitution Party,
IND means Independent, L
means Libertarian Party, and V means IVOTEMN.net
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nation. In fulfilling our mission, various works are performed such as
informing others about pro-life candidates for elections, and supporting other
groups in working toward the goal of creating a culture of life. The
culture of life is defined in the "Gospel of Life" by Pope John Paul
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Our mission is to promote respect for life by working with those who
want to establish a "culture of life" and who want to promote laws
that allow all people to live peacefully under God's laws while
respecting the life of all including the unborn, the handicapped, the elderly,
the sick and those in poverty.
Our name ... why "Respect-for-Life, Inc."? We find
that (1) it is terribly disappointing that there have now been over 48 million abortions in this country of ours,
USA - where all have the right to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness, (2) it is time to remember, as this year's
elections come nearer, that our the US Senate has stalled many pro-life
bills, after these laws have been passed by the US House of Representatives,
and there have been new legislation introduced to try to overturn the ban on
partil birth abortion, and (3) it is an outrage that
not only do the abortion clinics perform killing of nascent children, they also
sell baby parts to the highest bidder! Refer to article available from Human
Life Alliance [651-484-1040] located in St. Paul, MN. Refer also to their
website: http://www.humanlife.org .
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or not any candidate should be listed as pro-life or not, are views only
of the staff here at Respect-for-Life, Inc. These views are based on or
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state of Minnesota, the rules for expressing editorial views follows
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5. Is each voter responsible for his/her
Each voter is responsible for his or
her own choice as to whom to vote for.
"Am I my brother's keeper" [Gen.4:9]
"From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an
accounting." [Gen. 9:5]
This is a time of mercy; see http://www.thedivinemercy.org
Call your county auditor for information about voter registration,
voting locations and absentee ballots.
This list is meant to be another source of information that each voter
uses prior to an election. If this list helps you make
a better decision when you vote, then we have met our goal.
If there is
information which you feel would be informative to others, and/or if you
have corrections to the information posted here, please email
your information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Remember to contact your candidate representatives or candidate
senators and take an active part
in letting them know your positions so they can represent you. See Contact
More information about the candidates and the issues can be obtained via
your local resources such as library, newspapers, and government sources,
and numerous web sites; see the Link page. In some cases the candidate's web site
may be listed so that
you can evaluate the candidate with further information. Refer
to Frequently Asked Questions.
This list will be updated periodically or when further information is
obtained about the candidates for the November 4th election.
Items which are blank indicate items which have not yet been filled in
due to lack of information.
This list will be updated periodically or when further information is
obtained about the candidates, in preparation for the general election on November
Most of the information on this web site focuses on candidates from Minnesota
except for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.
7. For other views and information about these and related issues
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