A Minnesota House panel is reviewing legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Far from being the assault on health care that its opponents claim, the legislation would redirect money to other health care providers that do not abortions.
Minnesota Public Radio reported that the funding cut possibly was going to be included in a larger funding bill, but State Rep. Kathy Lohmer said House leaders took it out of a larger omnibus bill and moved it to the floor as a stand-alone bill.
Planned Parenthood expects to lose more than $4 million in government reimbursements if the bill becomes law, and the abortion business clearly is not very happy about it. KSTP quotes Planned Parenthood President of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as saying, “It’s one of the most aggressive attacks we’ve seen on women’s health from this legislature in recent memory.”
Pro-lifers are more likely to see it as aggressive attack on taxpayer funded abortions in the state, of which there are many. That is because of a 1995 challenge that successfully overturned a Minnesota law which prohibited funding of most abortions. Taxpayers now pay for 39 percent of all abortions in the state at a cost of $22.5 million and 73,000 babies’ lives, LifeNews previously reported.
“Aggressive promotion of abortion to economically vulnerable women is enriching the state’s abortion industry,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL).
But Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to veto the bill, which he described as a “blatant attack” against Planned Parenthood.