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NOMINEE: Tina SmithBIRTH DATE: March 4, 1958EDUCATION: B.S. in Political Science, Stanford University, 1980. M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, 1984.FAMILY: Lives in Minneapolis with her husband of thirty years, Archie Smith. They have two grown sons, Sam and Mason, who also reside in Minnesota.EXPERIENCE: Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota (2015-present); Chief of Staff to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (2011-2015); Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak (2006-2011); Vice President of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota (2003-2006); Involved with Minnesota’s Democratic-Famer-Laborer (DFL) party since 1998; Founded a political and campaign consulting firm, Macwilliams, Cosrove, Smith, Robinson, (1992); General Mills’ marketing department (1984-1992) AbortionPlanned Parenthood connection:Smith’s abortion advocacy runs in the family. Her father, Harlan Flint, was a board member for Planned Parenthood Ohio. In 2003, Smith became the Vice President for External Affairs, at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, functioning as their lead registered lobbyist. Smith has said that Planned Parenthood provides “critical care” and that she is “proud of that work.” During her tenure at the organization, it had an increase in abortions by 22 percent, performing 9,717 abortions in Minnesota. 1,892 of these abortions were performed on low-income women, allowing the organization to be reimbursed $458,574.74 by Minnesota taxpayers. In 2004, Planned Parenthood became the state’s largest abortion provider, a title it maintains to this day. Between 2003 and 2005, Planned Parenthood Minnesota received $12.65 million in government grants.As a Planned Parenthood Vice President, Smith lobbied against pro-life legislation, including informed consent laws for mothers and one-day waiting periods for abortions. Specifically, she led the organization’s fight against the Woman’s Right to Know Act in Minnesota, which became law in 2003. The Act requires women to be informed of the gestational age of their child as well as of the associated risks with any procedures, and it requires the physician to provide information to the mother on resources for available prenatal, childbirth, and neonatal care, as well as resources for financial support. The Woman’s Right to Know Act also requires a 24-hour waiting period after the woman has been properly informed before she can give consent to undergo the abortion.Smith also lobbied against the Positive Alternatives Act of 2005, which provided state grants to nonprofits that supported women who chose not to abort by providing services such as housing assistance, adoption services, child care, parental education, and employment assistance. The purpose of an eligible grant applicant had to be to “maximize the potential” of the mother and support her after childbirth. Despite Smith’s efforts to convince legislators that pregnancy care centers that don’t refer women for abortions should not be eligible for state grants, the law passed in 2005.Smith continues to have the political support of her former employer. In 2012 the Planned Parenthood Action Fund honored Smith “for her passion and commitment to Planned Parenthood.” Sarah Stoesz, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota stated: “[Tina Smith] really built our education and outreach efforts. She’s got a pretty strong legacy around here.”When asked about Congress’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, Smith replied: “I think it’s almost totally political...It’s just a bad idea.”Following Governor Mark Dayton’s announcement of Smith as his appointee to replace Senator Al Franken upon Franken’s resignation, Stoesz publicly endorsed the move, saying Smith “will be a powerful, moving force for justice” due to her “business acumen and passion for women’s health and rights.” Stoesz added: “As the Chief of Staff to Governor Dayton and as Lieutenant Governor there simply hasn’t been a stronger voice for women‘s health and rights...Tina Smith [understands] that women can’t earn a living or support their children if they don’t have access to the reproductive health care they need.”Pro-Choice PoliticsSince 2011, Smith has served in the administration of Governor Mark Dayton, after having served as one of his campaign advisors leading up to his 2010 election. Dayton enjoys a 100 percent rating by NARAL. During Dayton’s first term, in which he vetoed seven different pro-life measures, Smith served as his Chief of Staff. Among the legislation Dayton vetoed was the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions occurring after 20 weeks, when unborn children can feel pain.When Dayton successfully ran for reelection in 2014, Smith was his running mate. During Smith’s time as Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, the Dayton administration continues to be unequivocally pro-abortion. In March 2017, the governor vetoed two bills, which would have denied taxpayer dollars from funding abortion, as well as required licenses for abortion clinics. Planned Parenthood Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota applauded the veto, saying in a statement that “Minnesota women are deeply grateful that Gov. Dayton is once again using his veto pen to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion.”Although Planned Parenthood is thrilled that their former lobbyist is heading to Washington, pro-life Minnesotans continue to be displeased at their lack of pro-life representation in the Beltway. “Tina Smith is, without a doubt, the Abortion Senator,” said Leo LaLonde, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.Religious Liberty and Reproductive RightsTina Smith has explicitly maintained that women’s so-called “reproductive rights” should trump religious liberty protections. Following the release of the new Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations which rolled back the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, providing conscience protections for institutions with stances opposing birth control, Smith called the action an “outrageous assault on the health and well-being of women and families.” She also stated that “birth control is essential health care for women” and vowed to “keep fighting to protect the rights of every person to make decisions about their own health care.” LGBT AgendaTina Smith is viewed incredibly favorably by the Left for her stances on LGBT issues. Governor Dayton’s administration is very friendly to the LGBT community, and September 24, 2016 was declared Human Rights Campaign Day, in honor of the LGBT advocacy carried out by the Human Rights Campaign.Same-Sex MarriageSmith’s activism and career primarily point to her pro-abortion views. However, she is also pro-same-sex marriage, and released the following statement following the Supreme Court decision of Obergevell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states: “Today, the Court upheld that basic promise in all 50 states, and confirmed what Minnesotans have known for years - that love is love. While this is a major victory, there is more work to be done. We need to continue fighting until all Americans have equal rights and protections guaranteed by our Constitution.”Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) PositionsTina Smith stands vehemently opposed to President Trump’s decision to roll back President Obama’s transgender bathroom policy. She has called the Obama-era policies “reasonable protections” designed to “assure the basic dignity of all transgender students.” In her statement decrying the Trump administration’s decision to reverse the bathroom policy, she assured Minnesotans that she and Governor Dayton “will continue to do all we can to defend the rights and dignity of every young Minnesotan, including transgender students.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins addressed a rally outside the United States Supreme Court in support of Colorado baker Jack Phillips. The rally sponsored by the Radiance Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom marks the start to oral arguments for the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement praising President Trump's plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and begin the process to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem: "Today is a major milestone in America's historic relationship with Israel. Under the bold and courageous leadership of President Trump, America is finally putting American interests and the interests of our key allies first. "America's foreign policy, as it pertains to Israel, is coming into alignment with this biblical truth: Jerusalem is the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish state," concluded Perkins. -30-...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, December 5, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins will address a rally outside the United States Supreme Court in support of Colorado Baker Jack Phillips. The rally sponsored by the Radiance Foundation marks the start to oral arguments for the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Travis Weber, FRC's Director of the Center for Religious Liberty will attend the oral arguments and speak at the news conference following....
Dear Friends,The great season of Advent, a time of waiting and preparation for Christians in anticipation of Christ’s birth, is about to begin.One beautiful way of reflecting on this season is to think about the first Advent, when an expectant Mary and her husband Joseph awaited the birth of God’s Son. For expectant mothers and soon-to-be fathers, pregnancy is often a time when careful preparations are made around the house for the coming baby—the nursery is rearranged to accommodate cribs and changing tables, diapers and wipes are stockpiled, baby clothes are carefully organized in drawers, linens are freshly washed, etc.In the same way, Christians should spend Advent carefully preparing their hearts and minds for the coming of the Savior. This can take on the form of a kind of spiritual reinforcement and house cleaning—spending a little extra time in prayer each morning to prepare ourselves to live for Christ in the day before us, and to make peace with anyone we may have ill will toward and repent of our sins. Just as soon-to-be parents desire to make their home as clean and comfortable as possible for their newborn, Christians should desire to prepare and cleanse their hearts to fully welcome the coming Christ child. This may require us to detach ourselves from worldly attachments to obtain the true freedom that God desires for us. Is a nightly TV-watching habit cutting in to our prayer and family time? Is a regular habit of eating out cutting in to our budget so that we have less for gift-giving and those in need?Thinking about the first Advent is also to contemplate the Holy Family traveling from Galilee to Bethlehem, and the difficult journey that must have been for them. Imagine the exhaustion that Mary must have felt in her third trimester on such a long and arduous journey over rough roads on the back of a donkey, with Joseph enduring mile after mile of dust and rocks in leading her and the animal along. Amongst this shared suffering and journeying, the Holy Family must have grown ever closer to each other. In the same way, Advent is an opportunity for us to draw ever closer to our own families. Maybe this could take the form of creating hand-crafted gifts for loved ones, baking Christmas cookies, assembling care packages for those serving in the military, or perhaps joining a Christmas carol troupe that your church has organized—the point here is to spend quality time together as a family doing acts of service and growing in virtue.The season of Advent points to the coming of our Lord. Let us make the most of this wonderful time and prepare our hearts to receive the perfect gift of Christ.Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.Sincerely,Dan Hart Managing Editor for Publications Family Research Council FRC ArticlesLGBT advocates seek to scuttle a vital Constitutional right – Travis WeberACLU: Forcing Faith Out of Adoption – Travis WeberLove to Give: An Adoption Story – Alison ContrerasAdoption: Multi-Racial, Multi-National, Heaven-Blessed – Rob SchwarzwalderThe Unexpected Blessing of Adoption – Harold Harper10th Circuit Lets Police Officers Off the Hook After Telling Woman She Could Not Pray in Her Own Home – Travis Weber and Natalie PughWhy It Is Unnecessary to Force Jack Phillips to Bake a Wedding Cake – Travis Weber Religious LibertyReligious Liberty in the Public Square2 Gay Men Explain Why They Support Baker’s Refusal to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes – Ian Snively and Peter Parisi, The Daily SignalStop Misrepresenting Masterpiece Cakeshop – David French, National ReviewDesignated haters – Juliana Chan Erikson, WORLDUNL campus not ‘safe’ for conservatives, public records reveal – Conservative ReviewWhy the Conscience Protection Act is critical – Jeff Pickering, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionLittle Sisters of the Poor Are Returning to Court – Rachel del Guidice, The Daily SignalGOP senators defend military officer disciplined for refusing to sign same-sex certificate – Diana Stancy Correll, Washington ExaminerAmerican Muslims, Lot’s Wife, and the Christian Baker – Ismail Royer, Public DiscourseInternational Religious FreedomThe UN doesn’t recognize the Christian genocide in Iraq. This new documentary does. – Miriam Diez Bosch, AleteiaCanada rejects Christian couple for adoption – Kiley Crossland, WORLDAfricans Put Parental Rights Back in UN Sex Ed Policy – Stefano Gennarini, C-FamRepairing the Ravages of ISIS on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains – George J. Marlin, The Catholic ThingMilitary Religious FreedomSenators Cruz, Rubio demand justice for Air Force colonel fired for standing up for pro-family values – Fr. Mark Hodges, LifeSiteNews LifeAbortionWorld-famous supermodel gracefully obliterates every argument for abortion – Save the StorksAbortion rates in US hit historic low, CDC report finds – Fox NewsThe push to force pro-life centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry – Ken Connelly, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionIt’s Official: Arkansas Cuts Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood – Jerry Cox, Arkansas Family CouncilAdoptionLet Foster Children Wait No More – National Review10 Things You Should Know about Adoption – Russell D. Moore, CrosswayDo you believe these 5 myths about adoption? – Sophia Swinford, Aleteia‘Open your heart’: Adoptive mom debunks three modern adoption myths – Natalie Brumfield, Live ActionBioethicsBasic Bioethics: What Christians should know about surrogacy – Joe Carter, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionThe Overlooked Risks of Surrogacy for Women – Mary Rose Somarriba, Family StudiesFrom Darwin to Iceland: The Eugenic Solution to the ‘Undesirable’ – Roberto Rivera, The Stream FamilyEconomics/EducationUndoing the Dis-Education of Millennials – Adam J. MacLeod, NewBostonPostThis may be one of the biggest benefits to marriage we’ve ever seen – Catey Hill, MoneyishThe state of marriage as an institution – The EconomistMarriageOver One-Quarter of Children Under Age 18 Live With One Parent – U.S. Census BureauWhen Your Partner Is Down and Can’t Get Up – Glen Scrivener, The Gospel CoalitionUnderstanding Your Feelings to Stay Connected In Your Marriage – David and Jan Stoop, Focus on the FamilyCan Marriage Help Prevent Dementia? – Carolyn Moynihan, Intellectual TakeoutYour Spouse Doesn’t Need Your Unconditional Support – Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, Christianity TodayWhy I Stopped Comparing My Marriage to My Parents’ Marriage – Laura Triggs, VerilyFaith/Character/CultureNetflix Thinks You’re Bored and Lonely – Trevin Wax, The Gospel CoalitionDo You Talk to Your Children About Race? – Trillia Newbell, Desiring GodThis Is a More Important Goal Than Being Happy – Julia Hogan, Verily3 Creative and impressive ways people are helping the homeless – Elizabeth Pardi, AleteiaPolitics is About More Than Winning – Rob Schwarzwalder, The StreamJesus: the Heart of Christian Morality – Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, The Catholic Thing4 things I want a new mom to know – Jill Waggoner, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionHuman SexualityYou Can Protect Your Kids from Hyper-Sexualized Culture – Eliza Powell, National Center on Sexual ExploitationHow to talk to your kids about sexual assault and harassment scandals – Phillip Bethancourt, Ethics & Religious Liberty CommissionSeven Questions for Couples to Consider Before Moving In Together – Rhonda Kruse Nordin, Family StudiesMen, Stop Virtue-Signaling and Return to Rules – Ben Shapiro, National ReviewLet’s rethink sex – Christine Emba, The Washington PostScam Artists and Sex Education – Carl R. Trueman, First ThingsConsent is Not Enough: Harvey Weinstein, Sex, and Human Flourishing – Angela Franks, Public DiscourseThe Pragmatic Benefits of God-Given Sexual Boundaries – Melinda Penner, The StreamHuman TraffickingTackling Modern-Day Slavery, Online Sex Trafficking – Lisa L. Thompson, National Center on Sexual ExploitationPornographyPorn Epidemic Hampers Fight Against Child Pornography – Stefano Gennarini, C-FamThe Pathway from Porn to Adultery – Kent Butterfield, Desiring GodPorn is the Missing Piece in the Louis C.K. Story – Mary Rose Somarriba, Public DiscourseBehind the harassment scandals, another dirty little secret: pornography – Zac Crippen, Los Angeles TimesLouisiana is the 5th State to Formally Recognize Public Health Harms of Pornography – National Center on Sexual Exploitation
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