Pro-Life Groups Push Republicans for Reform

Abortion clinic inspections and a ban on taxpayer-funded abortions top the list for pro-life groups in 2017

St. Paul, MN – With Republicans holding the majority in both Minnesota’s House and Senate, pro-life groups are calling on lawmakers to act on some of their top priorities in 2017.

Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, says he has high hopes for Republicans and Democrats alike to move on some key issues, explaining their key items include a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion and licensing and inspecting abortion clinics.

Fischbach says contrary to the popular narrative of pro-choice advocates, licensing and inspecting abortion clinics is in the interest of women’s health, explaining, “Almost all outside surgical centers, like if you’re going to get a cataract done or you’re going to get some sort of out-patient surgery – they’re all licensed, they’re all inspected here in Minnesota, but abortion centers, unfortunately, are not.”

Fischbach says that while Republicans may hold the majority in the House and Senate, the bills still have to be signed by Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, whose Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith served as vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Fischbach says, “As Lieutenant Governor she holds great sway with the Governor, and that’s a problem for us.”

Republican State Representative Deb Kiel is said to be the lawmaker introducing legislation in the coming weeks to address the licensing and inspection of abortion clinics, but did not respond to confirm this.

Alpha News reached out to NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota to get their response, to which they said, “NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota has consistently opposed legislation that infringes on women’s reproductive health care decision-making.”

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