Monday, April 03, 2006

Freedom of choice threatened in Minnesota

Minnesota is a state that respects the right of disadvantaged women to terminate their pregnancies and requires the state to pay for abortions for low-income women.

However, a new law, HF 3258, would change this fact and would track judicial bypasses of Minnesota's parental notification bill.

In Minnesota, the focus of [anti-choice] attention is a case known as Doe vs. Gomez that requires the state to pay for abortions for low-income women as long as it provides other prenatal services...

Taxpayer-funded abortions now account for 29 percent of the abortions performed in Minnesota, at an estimated cost of $1 million a year. Sponsored by Rep. Laura Brod, R-New Prague, the [pending] legislation would prohibit all taxpayer-funded abortions except if the mother's life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.

Leaders of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) say the bill would negate Gomez and could set up a new showdown in the state's Supreme Court, which has only two justices remaining from the court's original decision...

Planned Parenthood chief lobbyist Connie Perpich called the measure a threat to the Gomez ruling and "the most wide-ranging anti-abortion bill in the Legislature in 10 years."

A teenager seeking an abortion in Minnesota is required to notify both parents. But she can petition the court for an order allowing the clinic to proceed with the abortion....

Hamline professor David Schultz has said the abortion legislation is likely unconstitutional, and described its main provisions as an attack on judicial independence and a form of "legislative thuggery upon the courts." |Star Tribune|
Society definitely need more people having babies they don't want and can't afford.

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