Minnesota Republican Representatives have united to create two clone bills, HF2101 and HF271, one chief authored by Representative Tama Theis (R- St. Cloud) and another chief authored by Representative Tim Miller (R- Prinsburg). Between the two bills, 41 out of a total 58 Republican Representatives have signed on in support.
The legislation coincides with the Republican legislator’s recent condemnation of the New York law and Virginia bill that allow abortions up until the moment before birth. Representative Eric Lucero (R- Dayton) told Alpha News that this bill, along with our founding fathers, recognize “the immutable truth LIFE is the first unalienable right.”
Minnesota is not the first state to have introduced legislation surrounding protecting life after a heartbeat is detected in the womb. Tennessee’s House of Representatives recently passed a similar bill as well as Kentucky’s State Senate. The heartbeat of a baby can typically be detected around the 5-7 week mark of the mother’s pregnancy. This is also around the time where every essential organ has formed in the baby, including the lungs and brain.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2017 a total of 10,177 abortions were performed. 7,174 of those abortions were performed because the woman did not want children at the time.
Rep. Lucero told Alpha News that Minnesota House Democrats are “in near unanimity demanding more and more abortions with less and less restrictions.” These bill’s, Rep. Lucero says, show Minnesotans that House Republicans have and will “continue promoting and protecting life in the womb.”
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Megan Olson is a 2020 graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in political science and history. She works in public affairs in addition to serving on the Legislative Advisory Council for School District 196. She is also on the school board for FIT academy, a charter school in Apple Valley.