ST. PAUL — Voters didn’t believe Mary Ellen Otremba could be both a Democrat and against abortion when she first ran for the Minnesota House in 1997.
When Sen. Dean Johnson was a Republican, no one had trouble accepting his anti-abortion stance. But when he switched to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party three years ago, many voters thought he also must have switched his abortion views.
The two legislators joined other Democrats Friday in launching the Minnesota chapter of Democrats for Life in hopes they can make other anti-abortion DFLers feel at home in their party.
…“The Democratic Party is known as the party who helps people who can’t help themselves,” Johnson said, adding that the concept should be applied to the unborn.