February 28, 2022 | Press Release
MINNEAPOLIS — Today the U.S. Senate defeated a motion to proceed with the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (H.R. 3755). The far-reaching legislation, if enacted, would overturn nearly all protections for unborn children nationwide and prohibit Americans from enacting such protections in the future.
“Although today’s outcome is a victory, the support for this extreme bill, which already passed through the House, shows just how far abortion supporters want to go,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “If they succeed in fully controlling all branches of government—whether in Washington or here in Minnesota at the state level—commonsense abortion laws will be wiped away. Abortion supporters would effectively enshrine abortion on demand until birth into state and federal law, regardless of the status of Roe v. Wade.”
H.R. 3755 would nullify Minnesota’s parental notification and Woman’s Right to Know informed consent requirements, as well as Minnesota’s law limiting the performance of abortion to licensed physicians. The bill would also prohibit protections for unborn children after 20 weeks (when they can feel pain) and limits on the use of telemedicine for dangerous chemical abortions, among numerous other safeguards for women and unborn children.
Today’s motion lost by a vote of 46 to 48. Both Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith voted in favor of the measure.
H.R. 3755 passed the U.S. House on September 24 on a vote of 218-211. U.S. Reps. Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum, and Ilhan Omar voted for the abortion-expanding bill, while the late Rep. Jim Hagedorn and Reps. Tom Emmer, Michelle Fischbach, and Pete Stauber voted against it.