September 18, 2015 | Press Release 


Blue Earth, MN – Republican First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn blasted Democrat incumbent Tim Walz for voting against a bill to defund Planned Parenthood and opposing another to require that surviving aborted babies receive immediate medical treatment.

“Tim Walz is a pro-abortion extremist who continues to misrepresent the views of his constituents,” Hagedorn said.

Hagedorn was referring to two pro-abortion votes cast by Congressman Walz earlier today:

  • Walz voted against H.R. 3134, the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act,” a bill to strip $500 million in taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, an abortion provider under fire for selling aborted baby organs. H.R. 3134 passed the House by a vote of 241-to-187.

  • Walz also voted against H.R. 3504, the “Born-Alive Survivors Act,” legislation requiring that abortion providers give immediate and proper medical attention to babies that survive abortions.  H.R. 3504 passed the House by a vote of 248-to-177.

On both measures Walz stood in solidarity with his Minneapolis and St. Paul colleagues and other urban liberals.  And, once again, Walz was at odds with neighboring rural DFL Congressman Collin Peterson, MN-7, who voted with the majority to pass both bills.

“‘Twin Cities Tim’ Walz has taken almost $30,000 in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood, so it’s not surprising that he would vote to give his cronies $500 million of our money,” Hagedorn said.  “But refusing to protect a baby who is laying on a table gasping for life with a beating heart is barbaric, and displays a total lack of compassion for our most vulnerable citizens,” he stated.

Hagedorn said the vast majority of First District residents he has met share his pro-life beliefs and his opposition to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.  “I unapologetically believe that government’s responsibility is to protect innocent, vulnerable life, especially children (born and unborn), the elderly, the disabled and people with special needs,” he stated.

“The people of southern Minnesota still hold traditional values,” said Hagedorn, “and I pledge to give voice to their views as their representative in Congress.”