by Steven Ertelt
February 8, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Minnesota state legislature is getting ready to do battle over several bills that would deal with the contentious issue of abortion. Some bills place limits on the grisly procedure while another provides state funding for groups that provide abortion alternatives.
Either way, the bills set up an intense debate between pro-life groups and abortion advocates.
Led by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, pro-life advocates want the state to spend millions to help pregnancy centers that provide women with pregnancy assistance, adoption information or abortion alternatives.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty included $2.5 million in his budget for the idea and none of the money in the "Positive Alternatives" budget would fund abortion businesses.
Julie Spore of the Pregnancy Resource Center in St. Cloud told the city’s newspaper that her groups supports the concept.
"If money were no limit, we’d not have to refer clients out for prenatal care. We could see them every month," said Spore. "It would make a difference."
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."
A second bill requires abortion practitioners to tell women about the severe pain unborn children feel during late-term abortions. Women considering an abortion would be allowed to request that the baby be anesthetized before the abortion.
Tim Stanley, executive director of NARAL’s Minnesota affiliate admitted to the St. Cloud Times, "All of these bills would pass the House if they’re brought up for a vote."
Stanley’s group hopes that the state Senate will be an effective roadblock from preventing the legislation from becoming law. If the bills go to Governor Pawlenty’s desk, he is certain to sign them.
Meanwhile, abortion advocates are focusing on legislation of their own — including a bill that spends $17 million in taxpayer funds on increased sex education and birth control use. MCCL may oppose the bill because the pro-life group doesn’t want abortion centers like Planned Parenthood receiving tax dollars.
Related web sites:
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life – https://www.mccl.org