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In its 1995 Doe v. Gomez decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that women have an absolute "right" to abortion. The Court also ruled that taxpayers must pay for abortions performed on women who cannot afford them. Consequently, our state’s abortion policy is the most extreme in the nation!
More than $22.5 million from the wallets of taxpayers for abortion
While the majority of Minnesotans are morally opposed to abortion, 39% of abortions performed in the state are now paid for with their state tax dollars—the highest percentage ever. Since the Court forced the state to begin paying for abortion, taxpayers have paid more than $22.5 million for elective abortions. Minnesota is one of only nine states with court decisions requiring taxpayers to pay for abortions.
The result? More than 73,000 unborn babies have been aborted at taxpayers' expense. Prior to this action by the Court, Minnesota taxpayers annually paid about $7,000 for an average of two dozen abortions that threatened the life of the mother or in pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. In 2014, taxpayers paid $953,187 for 3,957 abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This chart illustrates the expense Minnesota taxpayers have incurred while funding abortions and the extreme nature of the funding mandate. Taxpayer funded abortions jumped 16 percent in 2014, and Planned Parenthood was responsible for virtually the entire increase.
Abortion on demand—even if Roe falls!
If the Roe v. Wade decision were to be overturned tomorrow, we would still have abortion on demand in Minnesota due to the Doe v. Gomez decision. Furthermore, while the federal government may find certain pro-life laws permissible, those same pro-life laws could very easily be ruled unconstitutional here in Minnesota because of the Doe v. Gomez decision. This disservice to the women of Minnesota is abhorrent.
The utter disregard for unborn children’s lives in Minnesota via a Court decision must be changed. There are several options to ensure that unborn babies’ lives are protected and that taxpayers are spared the horrendous requirement of funding their deaths.
What you can do
Pro-lifers in Minnesota have united and "moved mountains" before, accomplishing amazing things. Overturning Doe v. Gomez can happen, and with the hard work of the pro-life community it is virtually inevitable. Here are things you can do to help remedy the 1995 Doe v. Gomez decision:
Educate friends and neighbors: Give them the facts about this extreme ruling.
Inform the public: Write letters to the editor on Doe v. Gomez. Explain its impact on unborn children and Minnesota taxpayers. (Sample letters are available from MCCL.)
Help elect officials supportive of overturning Doe v. Gomez: Overturning Doe v. Gomez is dependent upon the election of committed pro-life officials.
Help build a pro-life community where you live, work and worship: Encourage others to join MCCL and receive MCCL News.
Become a member: Your generous support will be used to educate Minnesotans across the state about important life issues, including Minnesota's extreme abortion policy, Doe v. Gomez.
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