CURRENT LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

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 efforts that MCCL is supporting during the 2022 legislative session. 

MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau testifies at committee hearing

COMBAT SPREAD OF CHEMICAL ABORTIONS

 

A new MCCL-backed bill would combat the spread of dangerous chemical abortions across Minnesota. The bill, S.F. 3561, would require that chemical abortion drugs be administered in-person by the physician rather than shipped to women through the mail.


Chemical abortions have consistently increased over time, and risen dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 4,964 chemical abortions took place in Minnesota, according to the Department of Health. That’s a 114 percent jump since 2009. Chemical abortions now account for 55 percent of total abortions in the state—up from just 19 percent in 2009.

The increase is likely to continue. In early 2021, the Biden administration suspended an FDA safety rule that required that abortion drugs be dispensed in person. The suspension has now been made permanent. As a result, such drugs can be sent to women through the mail without any in-person medical evaluation beforehand. A new group in Minnesota, called Just the Pill, is offering these “telemedicine” abortions to Minnesota women.

Chemical abortions—which typically involve two drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol—pose risks to women’s health, and those risks grow when no in-person evaluation takes place first. Medical examinations are necessary to rule out the dangerous possibility of ectopic pregnancy and to verify an appropriate gestational age (the risk of complications increases later in pregnancy).

CONTACT LEGISLATORS

 

You can help advance this lifesaving bill by contacting your state representative and senator during the legislative session to urge their support!