Among the Presidential candidates performing with the GOP traveling circus: two of Minnesota’s own, Bachmann and Pawlenty. While the former has always been more than a little out of the mainstream, Pawlenty seems to be gaining momentum by affixing his name to the ever-popular political pledges that seem to be floating around so much you’d think it was a recruitment for the Boy Scouts. (Do they get badges to sew to their blazers, too?)
Amidst the onslaught of pledges is one that is particularly troubling to advocates of choice and responsible family planning. An anti-choice pledge to make abortion illegal and defund Planned Parenthood (among its talking points) is making its way through the ranks. Pawlenty is among those who have signed on the dotted line, vowing to remain close-minded and short-sighted and to only appoint other close-minded short-seers should he become President.