Abortion politics trump social justice at Catholic school

Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Richfield, was stripped of an award from the Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) last week because of his votes on abortion, the Catholic school said. The candidate for governor was to be presented with AHA Activities Hall of Fame honor, but when the school learned of his Thissen’s voting record, they rescinded the award. “[T]he nominating committee was not aware of Mr. Thissen’s voting record in the Minnesota Legislature regarding pro-abortion issues,” the school said in a letter to alumni. “When I heard about this, I really was disappointed, not so much because of the award, but because the award was for something that had nothing to with my position on giving women the choice of what to do during a pregnancy,” Thissen told the Star Tribune. Thissen told the school his support for social justice issues like ensuring health insurance for all children and advocating for the poor, the disabled and the elderly should count for something. Continue Reading