Scott Jensen Is Trying to Hide From His Anti-Abortion Extremism. Here’s Where He Really Stands

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Scott Jensen is attempting to gaslight Minnesota voters and erase his extreme positions on banning abortion.

Jensen has said repeatedly that he supports banning abortion and would work to do just that if elected governor. His new ad might try to strike a more moderate tune, but the receipts on Jensen’s far-right anti-choice positions speak for themselves.

Here’s a timeline of where Jensen really stands in his own words:

  • Scott Jensen on March 18, 2022: “I would try to ban abortion …There is no reason for us to be having abortions going on.” 
  • Scott Jensen on April 24, 2022: “We’re going to ban abortions. That’s really not news.”
  • Scott Jensen on May 4th, 2022: “As governor, I want Minnesota to be a pro-life state, so any legislation that would come to my desk, I would sign it to reduce or eliminate abortions… I think that definitely I would sign the bills to make Minnesota as pro-life as we can be.” In the same interview, Jensen also said he wouldn’t support exceptions to an abortion ban in situations of rape or incest.
  • Jensen’s running mate Matt Birk on June 24th, 2022: “Rape is obviously a horrible thing but an abortion is not gonna, it’s not gonna heal the wounds of that. And two wrongs is not gonna make it right…[abortion advocates] always want to go to the rape card.” Birk later compared abortion to slavery, saying… “They said ‘Well abortion’s legal’ … well a lot of things have been legal before that we’ve changed, right … you know slavery used to be legal, right? Which is an interesting comparison to make because really the way that the other side treats an unborn child is based like that.”

“Scott Jensen is lying to Minnesotans on where he stands on their reproductive rights because he knows his dangerous plan to ban abortions in Minnesota won’t get him elected,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Minnesotans have seen where Jensen stands on choice. They know their rights aren’t safe if Jensen is elected governor and they won’t fall for his pathetic attempts to walk back his anti-abortion extremism.”