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 bills that MCCL is supporting during the 2020 legislative session. 

Former MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau

testifies at a committee hearing

Ban taxpayer funding of abortion

This legislation (H.F. 4404 / H.F. 4403 and S.F. 4271) is authored by Rep. Marion O'Neill (R-Maple Lake) and Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point). It would challenge a 1995 state Supreme Court decision, Doe v. Gomez, that requires Medicaid funding of abortion for pregnant women who receive state assistance.

 

In 2017, the latest year for which data is available, taxpayers reimbursed abortion practitioners $1.06 million for a record-high total of 4,356 abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

It's long past time to finally end the taxpayer funding of abortion in our state. Abortion isn't a public good deserving of public funding. It's an injustice against both unborn children and their mothers. Taxpayers should not be forced to be part of this.

Learn more about this bill.

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 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 2018, 117 abortions were performed at 22 weeks gestation or later, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The latest abortion was performed at 39 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. 

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