by Steven Ertelt
December 22, 2004
St. Paul, MN (LifeNews.com) — Minnesota’s pro-life group says it is altering its focus somewhat in the next legislative session. Not only will the group work to further limit the number of abortions performed in the state, it’s planning to pursue state funding to help pregnancy centers that provide women with pregnancy assistance.
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life wants the state to spend $5 million touting the crisis pregnancy centers.
One million of the funds would go to a statewide public education campaign to make young women aware of the pregnancy centers and the kinds of help they offer. The other four million would go to the centers themselves to fund educational programs, medial assistance, baby needs and other forms of aid.
Scott Fischbach, director of MCCL, told LifeNews.com, "The State of Minnesota can be instrumental in helping meet the needs of women who face an unintended pregnancy so that they can make a life-affirming decision for themselves and their unborn child, and be supported for a year after that child is born."
Surprisingly, a representative of a state pro-abortion group appeared nonplused by the proposal.
"If we don’t have to have a battle over abortion it looks good to me," Tim Stanley, executive director of NARAL’s Minnesota affiliate told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
While the national NARAL outfit and other abortion advocates have blasted pregnancy centers, labeling them as fake abortion businesses and accusing them of denying women abortion information, Stanley said his only concern with the proposal was that it may not make fiscal sense.
Stanley also viewed the measure as a way to draw attention away from other proposal that more severely limit abortions.
Fischbach told LifeNews.com the bill wasn’t "a diversionary tactic" and said he would welcome support from Stanley or anyone else.
A spokesman for pro-life Governor Tim Pawlenty told the St. Paul newspaper that the MCCL "Positive Alternatives" idea was "a positive approach to an important issue."
The Minnesota Department of Health would administer the pregnancy center awareness program.
MCCL will also promote the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, legislation that would require abortion practitioners to inform women that unborn children feel intense pain during an abortion. It would offer women considering an abortion the chance to anesthetize the baby beforehand.
Congress will be considering similar legislation on a national level next year.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org