Reading Paul Lysen’s recent letter to the editor ("Collin Peterson is not pro-life," March 15) reminds me of why I left the Republican Party 10 years ago: I became sick of the gross exaggerations, outright lies and misleading things said to try to gain power.

Many rural Democrats, including Rep. Collin Peterson and myself, are pro-life. We always have been. We do not support abortion except under the most dire and medically necessary circumstances. We also think it is pro-life to assist low-income mothers and babies, before and after birth, with life-sustaining things like medical care, food support and public education.

By contrast, many supposedly pro-life Republicans have supported cuts to Medicaid, SNAP food support and special ed.

When I ran for office four years ago, I received a Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life survey. Of the 10 questions, three had little or nothing to do with being pro-life. They were political questions related to whether I supported the Citizens United decision or other extreme, right-wing positions. I could not honestly answer such baited questions “yes,” and was thus branded as insufficiently pro-life.

If Peterson’s “pro-life” ratings have declined in recent years, it is probably because MCCL has become more of an arm of the Republican Party and less of a supporter of women facing a difficult pregnancy.

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Minions like Mr. Lysen have been duped into believing that being opposed to dark money in politics is somehow being pro-death. It is not. For him to slam Congressman Peterson because he favors campaign finance reform, and claim that a vote against an unnecessary, politically motivated amendment that won’t save a single baby’s life is somehow “pro-death” are flat-out lies. Don’t believe his propaganda.

Amy Wilde

Dassel