Pro-Choice Voter Guide: Minnesota District 08
Rep. Chip Cravaack
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R) is anti-choice. He is the incumbent.
Rep. Cravaack earned a 0-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.
Voted twice to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Voted for H.R.3, a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges; impose tax penalties on small businesses and many individuals who purchase private health plans that include abortion coverage; and make permanent several restrictions that block many women from accessing abortion care.
Voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.
Rep. Cravaack said,"I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death."
Former Rep. Rick Nolan
Former Rep. Rick Nolan (D) is mixed-choice.
Minnesota Citiznes Concerned for Life wrote: "Former 6th Congressional District Rep. Richard Nolan announced his candidacy for Congress in the 8th Congressional District on 7/13/11. Pro-life voters may remember that Nolan cast some pro-life votes while he was in Congress in the 1970s, in the last years of his term he cast six consecutive pro-abortion votes."
"It is important to note that in 1976, Rep. Nolan (D) voted repeatedly in favor of the Hyde Amendment to stop federal funding of abortions, but by 1979, Nolan had flip-flopped and was voting in favor of taxpayer funding of abortions in the Labor-HEW Appropriations bill."