Minnesota Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate standing behind recent comments on abortion

Photo by: Matt Birk - Facebook
Photo by: Matt Birk - Facebook

(Minneapolis, MN) -- Minnesota Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Matt Birk is standing behind comments he made about women and abortion.

The former Minnesota Vikings center made the comments at the National Right to Life conference in Georgia last month, saying American culture promotes abortion partially by telling women "they should have careers." He also criticized activists who oppose bans that don't make exceptions for rape or incest victims.

Birk didn't back down in a video statement on Twitter Wednesday, saying he's basically made the same comments at more than 200 pro-life events over the past ten years.

Democratic Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan condemned the comments Tuesday, calling them "disrespectful towards survivors."