Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rep. Tim Huelskamp Invites Advocate Behind Planned Parenthood Videos to Papal Address

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Rep. Tim Huelskamp Invites Advocate Behind Planned Parenthood Videos to Papal Address

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When Pope Francis addresses Congress on Thursday, federal lawmakers will be joined by tens of thousands of guests. Though most members of the Kansas delegation invited prominent Catholics from among their respective constituencies, the process wasn't without political intrigue.

Each member of the House was given more than 50 tickets to distribute, including one highly prized ticket to sit in the House gallery and 50 tickets to the west lawn of the National Mall. Senators were also given one gallery ticket, along with 200 tickets to the National Mall.

Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Catholic representing western Kansas, has invited several anti-abortion advocates to join him in Washington. In addition to his wife, Angela, who will sit in the gallery, Huelskamp invited David Daleiden and Lila Rose.

Daleiden is founder of the Center for Medical Progress, an anti- abortion group that has garnered significant attention for releasing 10 videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives engaged in the sale of fetal tissue. Rose is the founder and president of Live Action, an anti-abortion media group.

"America faces multiple, severe challenges to basic human rights, such as the recent revelations about the trafficking in baby parts by Planned Parenthood, and Catholic faith has much light to shed upon these attacks," Huelskamp said in a statement. "Pope Francis does not come as a politician, but as a pastor, as a moral leader."

Huelskamp's list of invitees includes another notable name -- Alan LaPolice.

LaPolice, a fellow Catholic, is an outspoken critic of Huelskamp who lost a primary election to the congressman last year and has again registered as a candidate for the 1st District congressional race. LaPolice said this week that he had accepted Huelskamp's invitation.

Huelskamp's other invitees are far less surprising. Benedictine College president Stephen Minnis and Fort Hays State University president Mirta Martin were both invited, as were Donetta and Lester Robben, of Divine Mercy Radio in Hays, and Raschelle Jirak, of the Wichita Diocese. …

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