Despite opposition, Minnesota pro-life groups are pushing for passage of a bill that would ban the use of tax dollars for elective abortions.
The North Star State has a history of using tax dollars to terminate preborn children. Paul Stark of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life tells OneNewsNow the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in 1995 that the state had to use Medicaid funds to pay for the abortions.
"Ever since this ruling, the number of abortions in Minnesota paid for by taxpayers has been going up most years," Stark reports. "In the latest year for which we have data, which is 2017, well over 4,000 abortions in Minnesota were paid for by taxpayers."
Both houses of the state legislature approved bills against the practice in 2011 and 2017 (H.E. 4404 and H.E. 4403), but the governor vetoed both. A new measure aimed at limiting use of funds for state-sponsored health programs for funding abortions (S.F. 4271) has been introduced again, but it has a slim chance of being signed into law.
Still, Stark's group sees an opportunity to further educate the public.
"Even just introducing legislation [makes] the public aware of this problem that is happening in Minnesota," the pro-lifer asserts. "Most people don't support using their tax dollars to pay for abortion, even if you support abortion. Funding it with the tax dollars of pro-life people -- that's another step that a lot of people … don't agree with."
Stark asserts that pro-lifers will continue to press the measure until it passes and is signed into law. At that point it would be challenged in court and would give the state's high court a chance to review and overturn its 1995 ruling.