Minnesota: 16 Years of Forcing Taxpayers to Fund Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2011   |   6:50PM   |   Washington, DC

More than 54,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota with taxpayer funds since a December 15, 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling required taxpayers to fund abortions. That’s the new updated figure of unborn children who had vied, according to the Minnesota state health department.

From June 1994 (under a previous ruling) through 2009, state taxpayers paid more than $17.2 million for 54,802 abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In 2009 alone (the most recent statistics available), state taxpayers paid $1.58 million for 3,933 abortions (MDHS). The state does not report how many women have been
hurt or killed from these abortions.

The Doe v. Gomez ruling established Minnesota as one of only a dozen states where taxpayers are forced to pay for abortions with their own tax dollars.

“The Doe v. Gomez ruling by a handful of activist judges has been disastrous for Minnesota women and their babies,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). “On this 16th anniversary of the decision, Minnesotans continue to believe it is not the mission of the state to abort thousands of innocent unborn children each year, yet that is exactly what is happening under this radical ruling.”

Fischbach said the Supreme Court’s Doe v. Gomez decision established a new state constitutional “right” to abortion on demand. This supposed right would remain protected by the state Constitution even if Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion in the United States, were to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

He said Doe v. Gomez allows abortions for reasons such as “stress” or “discomfort.” It forbids the state to “interfere” in any way with a woman’s “decision making” about abortion.

The decision is so far reaching that it puts Minnesota outside the decisions of the Supreme Court, which has repeatedly upheld federal and state limits on taxpayer funding of abortions.

While the total number of abortions in the state is declining slightly, taxpayer funding of abortions has risen nearly every year since 1995. Minnesota taxpayers now pay for almost 32 percent of all abortions performed in the state.

“This is not the will of the majority of Minnesotans, who oppose abortion on demand, and it is not the function of state government to fund the destruction of its most powerless innocent citizens,” Fischbach said. “The Court took away the people’s ability to decide whether they want abortion on demand in the state and whether they should be required to pay for others’ elective abortions. It’s time for change in Minnesota.”