Two pieces of pro-life legislation under consideration in Minnesota may face severe challenges before they can be signed into law.
In 1995, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that state tax dollars must be used to pay for abortions, and since then the number of abortions supported by state revenue has increased. Now, taxpayers fund a little over 43 percent of all abortions performed in the state.
Bill Poehler of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life tells OneNewsNow that one of the two proposals currently before lawmakers would correct that.
"The bill would prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions because we consider it an unjust situation," he explains. "We don't believe that taxpayers should be forced to fund elective abortions against their will. Most people are opposed to taxpayer-funded abortions, even among people who support legal abortion."
The second bill is designed to deal with abortion clinics that could pose a danger to abortion-minded women.
"Minnesota has a law that requires licensing and inspection of outpatient surgical centers, which is what an abortion clinic is," Poehler explains. "However, they have a special exemption under the law. We don't think that's a safe situation for women. We think that the Minnesota Department of Health ought to be able to go into these places and determine whether they're safe for women."
The 2016 election resulted in pro-life majorities in both houses of the legislature, but Governor Mark Dayton (D) hasn't been friendly to pro-life legislation in the past and might not sign the bills even if they reach his desk.