Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Every election there are candidates running for Congress who are decided underdogs in their races, but who would make superb representatives if they can pull off an upset. My personal favorite this cycle is Teresa Collett running in Minnesota 4. She has an uphill fight. In 2008 the pro-abort incumbent, Betty McCollum, won by 37 points. However, Ms. Collett is running a feisty campaign and I believe she is beginning to gain some traction.
She is a professor of law at the University of Saint Thomas. She has a distinguished history of pro-life activism:
Testified about the constitutional right of parents to know of their daughter’s decision before she has an abortion during a forum of the US House of Representatives.
Defended Augusta Roman’s right to preserve the lives of her embryonic children in Roman v. Roman, et al. before the United States Supreme Court.
Testified before a committee of the Connecticut legislature regarding the need for parents to know if their daughter is seeking an abortion.
Represented Congressman Ron Paul and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons defending the partial-birth abortion ban before the United States Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Carhart.
Testified before a committee of the Minnesota legislature in favor of amending the state constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Represented Governors Tim Pawlenty and John Hoeven, as well several New Hampshire legislators, defending parents right to know if their daughter is seeking an abortion before the United States Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of Northern New England v. Ayotte.
Represented the Christian Medical and Dental Association and the Catholic Medical Association in defending the federal partial birth abortion ban in several federal courts.
Represented all Kansas district attorneys in their defense of the constitutionality of the Kansas statute requiring sexual abuse of children be reported in Aid For Women v. Foulston.
Represented the Catholic Medical Association before the United States Supreme Court arguing that the practice of medicine does not include helping patients kill themselves in Gonzales v. Oregon.
Represented the Christian Medical Association and the Catholic Medical Association in Florida defending women’s right to sue abortion providers for malpractice in State v. Presidential Women’s Center.
Testified about the consequences of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton before a committee of the United States Senate.
Testified in favor of a bill requiring parental consent for all medical care provided to their children before a committee of the Minnesota legislature.
Defended Oklahoma’s law requiring that abortion providers pay for any injuries suffered by a minor who obtained an abortion without her parents’ knowledge in Nova Health Systems v. Gandy.
Defended the right of parents to know when their daughter is given the morning-after pill in Anspach v. Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Represented Dr. C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the United States, and other doctors who oppose assisted suicide in Oregon v. Ashcroft, 368 F.3d 1118 (2004) (federal drug regulation and assisted suicide).
Testified in favor the “Prenatal Protection Act” protecting mothers and their unborn children from violent acts by others before a committee of the Texas legislature.
Represented Texas Right to Life arguing that a hospital can not be liable for saving the life of premature child who is disabled in Miller ex rel Miller v. HCA, Inc.
Represented the Texas Physicians Resource Council arguing against taxpayer funding for abortions in Bost v. Low Income Women of Texas.
Testified before committees of the Vermont and New Jersey legislature in favor of parents’ right to know of their daughter’s decision to get an abortion.
She is a champion of limited government. Go here to read her statement on the role of limited government. She is a deficit Hawk and is willing to tackle such sacred cows as social security. Go here to read her thoughts on debt reduction. Go here to read her stances on various issues.
In a normal election year Teresa Collett running in a heavily Democrat district would not stand a chance. However, this is far from a normal election year. I believe she has a fighting chance. Keep your eye on her. If you are looking for a strong pro-life candidate to support with funds or volunteering, I think you need look no farther.