Is GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty the most pro-life candidate in the 2012 field? That's what the editor of LifeNews.com, the pro-life movement's flagship media publication, suggested in a March op-ed, and it wasn't hard to see why: As Minnesota governor, Pawlenty embraced the shaky notion of "fetal pain" during abortions, threw up hurdles to women seeking abortions, and even declared April "Abortion Recovery Month." But a closer look at Pawlenty's time as Minnesota governor reveals that his record on reproductive rights isn't as perfectly right-wing as his supporters claim.
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