BILLINGS, Mont. – A controversial organization that calls itself “unconditionally pro-life,” even in cases of incest or rape, has endorsed Congressman Dennis Rehberg’s U.S. Senate campaign, raising questions about Rehberg’s true beliefs about women’s rights.
To earn the endorsement of RNC for Life, Rehberg filled out this questionnaire proving he “unconditionally” opposes a woman’s right to privately make her own health care decisions without government interference.
RNC for Life enthusiastically endorsed Rehberg.
The campaign of Montana farmer Jon Tester, who strongly believes women have the right to make their own health care decisions, is now calling on Rehberg to publicize his endorsement questionnaire and to explain to Montanans exactly where he stands on the issue of choice.
“Dennis Rehberg’s irresponsible decision to hide his endorsement from a radical anti-woman group should act as a wake up call for every Montanan,” said Holly Kaleczyc, chair of Women for Tester. “Dennis Rehberg can’t be trusted to protect Montana women’s priorities or their access to care”
Rehberg’s RNC for Life endorsement earns him a spot in highly controversial club of candidates who hold extreme anti-women views. Fellow candidates endorsed by RNC for Life include Indiana’s Richard Mourdock, who said this week that pregnancies resulting from rape are “something God intended,” and Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri, infamous for his widely criticized “legitimate rape” comments.
Rehberg has so far refused to discuss Mourdock’s comments, even though Rehberg has tried for nearly two years to drag national politics into Montana’s Senate race.
Together with Mourdock, Rehberg has raised $135,000.
Rehberg last fall cosponsored and help pass H.R. 358, which would have allowed hospitals to deny care for women, even if their lives are in danger.