Minnesota’s GOP candidate called reproductive freedom a ‘fast track to hell’

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Lt. Governor candidate Matt Birk’s 2018 comments against sexual “freedom” aren’t the only controversial comments he’s made about women or abortion.

Statements that Matt Birk, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of Minnesota, once made referring to sexual freedom and birth control as the “fast road to hell” have been unearthed.

Birk delivered a speech in 2018 at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Human life, which is a letter written by Pope Paul IV in 1968 condemning abortion and opposing the use of birth control. During his speech, Birk praised the Catholic Church for its longstanding opposition to artificial contraception.

“So this whole sexual revolution, which was billed as this freedom, ‘do what you want,’ I don’t know if it’s a slow road to hell. It sounds like it could be a fast road to hell, right? Because that’s not for what we were built for. That’s not what we were built for,” Birk, said in the 2018 speech.

Birk also said, “I know when I read Humanae Vitae, it was written 50 years ago, it’s so prophetic and so true to who God is and what he created us for.”

The encyclical Humanae Vitae declares in the name of the Church that contraception is “intrinsically evil.” It further states: “We are obliged once again to declare that [methods for] the direct interruption of the generative process… must be absolutely excluded as a lawful means of regulating the number of children”.

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It emerged a few years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Griswold vs. Connecticut in 1965, overturning laws that prohibited the use of contraceptives by married couples.

These are not Birk’s first controversial comments to surface since his decision to run for office. In 2020, Birk said that abortion is “eviland that rape victims who have abortions “will only make things worse.”

The day the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organizationoverturning Roe vs. Wade — the landmark 1973 ruling recognizing abortion rights — Birk gave a speech at an anti-abortion organization event declaring that the fight against abortion is “not over.”

“Our culture promotes abortion loudly, but also quietly. Telling women that they should look a certain way, that they should have careers, all those things,” Birk said.

In the same speech, Birk opposed supporting abortion access for rape victims. While he acknowledged that “rape is obviously a horrible thing,” he asserted that “one abortion is not going to heal the wounds of that. Two mistakes won’t make it right.”

He also compared abortion to slavery on another strange tangent to that speech that ended with a “joke” about a woman’s right to drive:

A lot of things have been legal before we changed, right? We always listen, I’m sure you’ve heard, I know I’m talking to a group of pro-life warriors here, you know slavery used to be legal, right? Which is an interesting comparison to make, because really the way the other party treats an unborn child is basically that the unborn child is the property of the mother. Other laws, you know, women before could not vote in our country. Now we let them drive. I mean, I have three teenage daughters who drive, I don’t know if it’s a good law or not. It’s a joke. I’m sorry, I was joking, I was joking with all the women out there. And don’t tell my wife I used that joke, she hates that joke.

Birk, a former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, is the running mate of Scott Jensen, the Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota. They are challenging Democratic Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan in November.

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Like Birk, Jensen has also made multiple controversial comments. A report on Monday revealed that Jensen previously compared COVID-19 mitigation efforts like mask mandates to night of the Broken Glass, the 1938 anti-Semitic demonstrations in which the Nazis and their sympathizers burned and destroyed synagogues, Jewish neighborhoods, and Jewish businesses. The further defended the comparison in comments on Tuesday.

Walz, who previously served more than a decade in the House, was first elected governor in 2018, defeating his Republican opponent in that race for more than 11 points. Inside Elections, the nonpartisan political disability outlet, calls the anticipated result “likely democrat“victory.

Democrats have labeled Jensen and his running mate, Birk, as “too extreme“About abortion.

Access to contraception and abortion has become a major issue in the 2022 midterm elections, following the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June.

in a concurring opinion towards dobbs decision, Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court’s rulings in other cases such as Griswold vs. Connecticut it must also be reviewed, which would further jeopardize the legal basis for defending access to contraception and reproductive rights.

Birk’s campaign did not immediately respond to a query from the American Independent Foundation for comment on whether it supports the use of birth control.

Video of Birk’s comments in 2018, from about 23 minutesIs under.

Published with permission from The American Independent Foundation.