Minnesota Bill to Stop Funding Abortion Businesses Heads to House
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
March 29, 2004
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — Legislation that would prevent taxpayer monies from going to abortion businesses, including Planned Parenthood, is finally on its way to the Minnesota state House floor.
The Taxpayer Protection Act, HF 436, was added to the House Health and Human Services omnibus bill, and cleared the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee on Thursday. If passed, the pro-life legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (D-Lakeville) and Sen. Tom Neuville (R-Northfield), would deem any organization that participates in the abortion business ineligible for family planning grant funds.
The bill was altered slightly, and a section denying funds to any organization that viewed abortion as part of the continuum of health care was removed. Still, under the bill, no family planning grants may go towards "subsidiz[ing] abortion services or administrative expenses," or "an organization or an affiliate of an organization that provides abortion services."
"When the state takes taxes out of your paycheck and when you pay sales tax on things you buy, you are paying for abortions," said Senator Paul Koering (R-Fort Ripley), one of the authors of the bill. "I don’t believe the state has any business spending your money to sponsor and subsidize an industry that so many of us are deeply opposed to on moral and religious grounds."
"Taxpayers need protection from having to advance the extreme abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood’s," added Marice Rosenberg, Vice President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. "The vast majority of Minnesotans want to stop their tax dollars from subsidizing an industry that causes harm to nearly 15,000 women and unborn children per year."
Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota opposes HF 436, claiming that the bill would cut as much as $5 million to its organization and 47 others that promote and perform abortion throughout Minnesota. They and other opponents of the legislation refer to it as the "Super Gag Rule."
According to MCCL, in 2000 Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota received almost $4 million from government sources. A non-profit organization, Planned Parenthood ended 2001 with $19.6 million in assets.
"The government doesn’t give money to tobacco companies to decrease smoking or to alcohol manufacturers to stop underage drinking," reads an MCCL fact sheet on the legislation. "Neither should the state give your money to the abortion industry to prevent abortion."
Six states (Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) have passed similar laws.
"Many businesses, including Target Corp. and American Express, have already stopped funding Planned Parenthood and other abortion organizations," said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of MCCL. "Isn’t it time for our state to stop funding the wealthy abortion industry?"
ACTION: Contact members of the state House with your views on this pro-life legislation. Find your state Representative at https://ww3.house.leg.state.mn.us/members/hmem.asp
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org