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EMILY’s List Puts Minnesota House Legislators “On Notice” For Their Extreme Anti-Woman and Anti-Fami

November 4, 2015

EMILY’s List Puts Minnesota House Legislators “On Notice” For Their Extreme Anti-Woman and Anti-Family Agendas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, put Minnesota House Representatives Sarah Anderson (HD44A), Kelly Fenton (HD53B), Tim Kelly (HD21A), Jim Knoblach (HD14B), Tara Mack (HD57A), and Roz Peterson (HD56B) “On Notice” for 2016, making their seats top targets for Democratic takeover in the upcoming election cycle. “On Notice” is a list of incumbent Republicans at all levels of government who will be held accountable for their anti-woman, anti-family records.

“Representatives Anderson, Fenton, Kelly, Knoblach, Mack, and Peterson have consistently put their own outdated agendas above the needs of hardworking Minnesotans,” said Marcy Stech, communications director of EMILY’s List. “They have voted to restrict women’s access to health care, refused to support marriage equality, and pushed for policies that hurt the women and families they were elected to represent. These legislators have proven that they are irresponsible and untrustworthy, and their failure to stand up for the women and families of Minnesota will send them packing in 2016.”

Anderson’s Record:

  • Anderson Voted to Block an Amendment to Require Employers to Provide Birth Control Coverage for Employees.  In April 2015, Anderson voted to consider an amendment containing the text of the CHEER Act out of order. The CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act would prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care. [SF 1458HJP 3803,4/28/15; Planned Parenthood, 12/18/14]
  • Anderson Voted to Require Onerous Licensing of Clinics as Outpatient Surgical Centers. In 2015, Anderson voted to amend the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill to include a requirement that clinics that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed as outpatient surgical centers. [SF1458HJP 3791, 4/28/15]
  • Anderson Voted for a Twenty-Week Abortion Ban. In April 2014, Anderson voted to insert an amendment containing the text of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act into the Omnibus supplemental appropriations bill. The amendment would have specified “that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks, prohibit abortion at or after 20 weeks except in certain cases and establish criminal penalties for performing abortions in violation of the proposed act.” [HF 3172, HJP 93494/03/14; Twin Cities Daily Planet, 4/04/14
  • Anderson Cosponsored an Anti-Choice Measure. In 2015, Anderson helped introduce the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” The lead author of the bill, Abigail Whelan, admitted she “did not know if any would-be aborted newborns have been improperly treated in Minnesota.” [HF1047, introduced 2/18/15; Pioneer Press, 3/06/15]

Fenton’s Record:

  • Fenton Voted to Block an Amendment to Require Employers to Provide Birth Control Coverage for Employees.  In April 2015, Fenton voted to consider an amendment containing the text of the CHEER Act out of order. The CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act would prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care. [SF 1458HJP 3803,4/28/15; Planned Parenthood, 12/18/14]
  • Fenton Voted to Require Onerous Licensing of Clinics as Outpatient Surgical Centers. In 2015, Fenton voted to amend the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill to include a requirement that clinics that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed as outpatient surgical centers. [SF1458HJP 3791, 4/28/15]

Kelly’s Record:

  • Kelly Repeatedly Voted against Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose. In April 2014, Kelly voted for an amendment that sought to overturn the 1995 state Supreme Court decision Doe v. Gomez, which prevented “the state of Minnesota [from discriminating] against a woman’s right to choose based upon her ability to pay for her abortion.” He also voted for a bill to ban abortion procedures after 20 weeks. [NARAL Minnesota Scorecard, 2014]
  • Kelly Cosponsored a Bill to Repeal Minnesota’s Equal Pay Laws for Women. In 2011, Kelly cosponsored a bill “to repeal pay equity laws for women […] Republicans introduced a bill early in the session to repeal dozens of state mandates on cities and counties. The 1984 Local Government Pay Equity Act is included in the proposed repeal.” [HF 7, 2011; MPR, 2/08/11]
  • Kelly Voted for a Twenty-Week Abortion Ban. In April 2014, Kelly voted to insert an amendment containing the text of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act into the Omnibus supplemental appropriations bill. The amendment would have specified “that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks, prohibit abortion at or after 20 weeks except in certain cases and establish criminal penalties for performing abortions in violation of the proposed act.” [HF 3172, HJP 9349,4/03/14; Twin Cities Daily Planet, 4/04/14
  • Kelly Resigned from Minnesota House Ethics Committee after Park Ranger Caught Kelly and Fellow Republican Lawmaker Allegedly “Making Out” in a Parked Car. “At first, [Republican state Reps. Tara Mack and Tim Kelly], who are married to others, denied the allegation and challenged the park ranger's version of the story. They said they'd just met up to exchange documents. Today, they both apologize to the law enforcement community for the way they handled the affair. And House Speaker Kurt Daudt said that he talked with the two this weekend and that both have "voluntarily agreed to step down from the Ethics Committee."” [MinnPost, 9/14/15]

Knoblach’s Record:

  • Knoblach Voted to Block an Amendment to Require Employers to Provide Birth Control Coverage for Employees.  In April 2015, Knoblach voted to consider an amendment containing the text of the CHEER Act out of order. The CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act would prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care. [SF 1458HJP 3803,4/28/15; Planned Parenthood, 12/18/14]
  • Knoblach Voted to Require Onerous Licensing of Clinics as Outpatient Surgical Centers. In 2015, Knoblach voted to amend the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill to include a requirement that clinics that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed as outpatient surgical centers. [SF1458HJP 3791, 4/28/15]
  • Knoblach Voted for a 24-Hour Waiting Period. In 2003, Knoblach voted for the “Woman’s Right to Know Act” which required a 24-hour waiting period before obtaining an abortion and required physicians to inform women “that abortions could increase their risk of breast cancer.” [SF 187HJP 1441,4/07/03; MPR, 3/04/03]
  • Knoblach Cosponsored an Anti-Choice Measure. In 2015, Knoblach helped introduce the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” The lead author of the bill, Abigail Whelan, admitted she “did not know if any would-be aborted newborns have been improperly treated in Minnesota.” [HF1047, introduced 2/18/15; Pioneer Press, 3/06/15]

Mack’s Record:

  • Mack Voted to Block an Amendment to Require Employers to Provide Birth Control Coverage for Employees.  In April 2015, Mack voted to consider an amendment containing the text of the CHEER Act out of order. The CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act would prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care. [SF 1458HJP 3803,4/28/15; Planned Parenthood, 12/18/14]
  • Mack Voted to Require Onerous Licensing of Clinics as Outpatient Surgical Centers. In 2015, Mack voted to amend the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill to include a requirement that clinics that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed as outpatient surgical centers. [SF1458, HJP 3791, 4/28/15]
  • Mack Voted for a Twenty-Week Abortion Ban. In April 2014, Mack voted to insert an amendment containing the text of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act into the Omnibus supplemental appropriations bill. The amendment would have specified “that an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks, prohibit abortion at or after 20 weeks except in certain cases and establish criminal penalties for performing abortions in violation of the proposed act.” [HF 3172,HJP 9349, 4/03/14; Twin Cities Daily Planet, 4/04/14
  • Mack Cosponsored an Anti-Choice Measure. In 2015, Mack helped introduce the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” The lead author of the bill, Abigail Whelan, admitted she “did not know if any would-be aborted newborns have been improperly treated in Minnesota.” [HF1047, introduced 2/18/15;Pioneer Press, 3/06/15]

Peterson’s Record:

  • Peterson Cosponsored an Anti-Choice Measure. In 2015, Peterson helped introduce the "Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” The lead author of the bill, Abigail Whelan, admitted she “did not know if any would-be aborted newborns have been improperly treated in Minnesota.” [HF1047, introduced 2/18/15; Pioneer Press, 3/06/15]
  • Peterson Voted to Block an Amendment to Require Employers to Provide Birth Control Coverage for Employees.  In April 2015, Peterson voted to consider an amendment containing the text of the CHEER Act out of order. The CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act would prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care. [SF 1458HJP 3803 4/28/15;Planned Parenthood, 12/18/14]
  • Peterson Voted to Require Onerous Licensing of Clinics as Outpatient Surgical Centers. In 2015, Peterson voted to amend the omnibus health and human services appropriations bill to include a requirement that clinics that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed as outpatient surgical centers. [SF1458HJP 3791, 4/28/15]
  • Peterson Attended an Anti-Choice Rally. In January 2015, Peterson appeared at an anti-choice rally and wrote, “Great crowd at the Capitol for today's March for Life put on by MCCL. Proud to stand with the bipartisan, pro-life majority to support life.” [Facebook, 1/22/15]

Also “On Notice:”

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH)

Sen. Richard Burr (NC)

Sen. Mark Kirk (IL)

Sen. John McCain (AZ)

Sen. Pat Toomey (PA)

Gov. Mike Pence (IN)

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06)

Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)

Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)

Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01)

Rep. Cresent Hardy (NV-04)

Rep. John Katko (NY-24)

Rep. John Kline (MN-02) retiring

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)

Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02)

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

Rep. David Young (IA-03)

Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

Sen. Dick Black (VA SD-13)

The “On Notice” list can be found at http://republicansonnotice.tumblr.com/ and EMILY’s List will be communicating about those on the list to its network of over three million members nationwide. “On Notice” will continue to be updated throughout the election cycle and will feature incumbents at all levels of government who have exhibited extreme anti-woman and anti-family positions through statements, policy, and voting records.

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