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Current Life Issues
For the latest information on efforts to protect life at the federal level, please visit the National Right to Life Committee website. There you will find a list of bills currently before the Congress, as well as voting scorecards for Minnesota's congressional delegation, and the Legislative Action Center where you can contact lawmakers regarding pro-life legislation.
Taxpayer Funded Abortion Ban
A ban on taxpayer funded abortions has been introduced, with strong support from MCCL, in the Minnesota Legislature in recent years. The ban would include exceptions for saving the life of the mother and in cases of reported rape and incest. The Minnesota House and Senate approved the ban on taxpayer funded abortion in 2011; Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the measure before it became law.
As a result of the Minnesota Supreme Court's 1995 Doe v. Gomez decision, all Minnesota taxpayers fund abortions. The state pays more than $800,000 per year for about 3,400 abortions, or more than one-third of all abortions performed. We must work to end taxpayer funded abortions. Please support H.F. 607 and S.F. 683. Read more ...
License & Inspect Abortion Facilities
Planned Parenthood opened the third-largest abortion facility in the nation in St. Paul in December 2011. Currently, abortion facilities are not regulated or inspected in Minnesota; that needs to change. As evidenced in other states, unsanitary conditions, untrained staff and improper abortion techniques can lead to death or serious harm of women. It is time for Minnesota to outline basic regulations and begin inspections of abortion facilities, just as it does for other outpatient surgical centers. Please support H.F. 606 and S.F. 616. Read more ...
Safe Place for Newborns
Minnesota enacted the Safe Place for Newborns law in 2000. This program aims to prevent infant abandonment or infanticide by allowing a mother to anonymously surrender her newborn at a designated “safe place,” no questions asked. MCCL helped to amend the law in 2012 to expand the number of safe places and the length of time women have this option. Under the amended law, a mother, or someone acting with her permission, may leave her newborn at a hospital, an urgent care facility, or an ambulance dispatched in response to a 911 call. Personnel at the safe place immediately begin arrangements for care for the child.
The Safe Place for Newborns program is a last alternative for mothers who feel desperate, and their babies who are at risk of harm or abandonment. Resources and funding are needed to expand awareness of the program statewide. With MCCL's strong support, the Legislature in 2015 passed H.F. 825 and S.F. 796 to fund efforts to increase awareness of this vital program. Read more ...
Looking for more information on a bill, or want to follow a bill?Follow any bill as it moves through the legislative process. Use the Minnesota Legislature's Bill Tracking site to stay up-to-date with legislation. Hint: To follow S.F. 683, enter "sf683" in the Senate Bill tracking box. Likewise, to follow H.F. 607, enter the number only in the House Bill tracking box. Once you arrive at the page relating to the bill you wish to track, look for links to full text or committee action for additional information.
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