CURRENT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

Protect Positive Alternatives funding

The governor and the House advanced a budget that cuts funding to the Positive Alternatives program by 25 percent ($850,000). Positive Alternatives, which MCCL helped enact in 2005, provides grants to life-affirming programs that offer practical support to pregnant and newly parenting women—so no one feels like abortion is the only option.

Fortunately, the final budget negotiated between the House and Senate preserved full funding for the program. This is an important victory for women and their families.

Ensure the right to view ultrasound

This legislation (SF 1168 and HF 1108) would ensure that abortion-seeking pregnant women can see an ultrasound of their unborn child. 

Abortion facilities routinely perform an ultrasound before abortion in order to determine the developmental stage and location of the child, but the woman usually isn't given the chance to view it. The new bill would merely require that, if and when an ultrasound is performed prior to abortion, the woman be offered the opportunity to see.

Ultrasound imaging provides women with factual medical information. When people are better informed, they make better decisions that result in fewer regrets. Women deserve the chance to see their child.

During the 2019 session, this bill advanced through the Senate but did not become law.

Protect pain-capable unborn children

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HF 1312 and SF 1609) would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization (about 22 weeks after the last menstrual period), when scientific evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain. 

large body of anatomical, physiological, and behavioral evidence indicates that unborn children can experience pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization. Abortions at this stage usually involve the dilation and evacuation (D & E) method, which dismembers the unborn child and removes her from the womb piece by piece.

Minnesota law currently allows abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. (A 1974 law banning abortion after the point of fetal "viability" was struck down in court.) In 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, 223 abortions were performed at 20 weeks gestation or later, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. A total of 85 of these abortions took place at 22 weeks or later. The latest abortion was performed at 26 weeks.

During the 2019 session, this bill advanced through the Senate but did not become law.

Contact legislators

You can help advance lifesaving bills by contacting your state representative and senator during the legislative session to urge them to support pro-life measures. 

MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau

testifies at a committee hearing

Each year at the state Capitol in St. Paul, MCCL lobbies elected officials to enact measures that will help protect innocent human life.

 

Here are the major bills that MCCL dealt with during the 2019 legislative session. 

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