MN Legislature Proposes Bill to Limit Taxpayer Funded Abortions

Credit: MCCL and DHS

Over 43% of abortions in MN have been paid for with taxpayer money

St. Paul, MN – MN Republicans proposed legislation this week that would limit taxpayer funded abortions.

The Minnesota Supreme Court decision Doe v. Gomez (1995) gives state assistance to low-income women who wish to have an abortion. Since the ruling, the Department of Health estimates 43% of abortions in Minnesota have been paid for with taxpayer money.

Rep. Mary Franson (R – Alexandria) and Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R – Big Lake) introduced bills in the House and the Senate that would severely limit taxpayer funded abortions.

In 2014, Minnesota reimbursed abortion practitioners over $950,000 for 3,957 abortions. Franson and Kiffmeyer’s bills would cut that number hugely, limiting state funding to only what is necessary for continued participation in a federal program.

The Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the largest pro-life organization in the state, strongly supports the proposed legislation.

The bills have been referred to the health and human services committees in both the House and Senate. No hearing date has been set.

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