We are already seeing how MN’s GOP House and Senate is all set to destroy middle-class Minnesotans. They are prepared to offer huge tax breaks to big corporations many of which are not even in the State of Minnesota. But when it comes to being sure that every Minnesotan has health care, renter’s credit, lower property taxes, funding for MN’s cities to fund their police and fire departments, face it, we are just out of luck.
The Republican House and Senate cannot offer real solutions to the huge deficit left by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and his huge tax breaks to corporations. So the GOP must turn their attention to arch-conservative social policies that are designed to place Government in the way of individual’s basic civil rights. Those of us who are LGBT will need every progressive to join with us to work against a State Constitutional Amendment against Marriage Equality.
If you are available on Thursday, February 10th at about 11:30am, please join Outfront Minnesota at the State Capitol Rotunda for the Freedom to Marry Day Rally. Area supporters of Marriage Equality including politicians, clergy and other supporters will be delivering some terrific speeches.
Back to the main point of why I am writing this diary entry. The GOP is introducing a bill that will ban all State funding for abortion. They are undoubtedly doing this in part to trap Gov. Dayton by anti-women’s rights supporters. Gov. Dayton received the support of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota for his election.
Members of the Republican leadership in the Minnesota Senate have introduced legislation to ban state funding for abortions, just weeks after saying that creating jobs and fixing the budget deficit would be the party’s top priorities. The bill was offered on the eve of Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life’s (MCCL) March for Life at the State Capitol grounds.
The bill, SF103, states, “Funding for state-sponsored health programs shall not be used for funding abortions, except to the extent necessary for continued participation in a federal program.”
The legislation is a reaction to a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court case, Doe v. Gomez, which said that if the state offers pregnancy services to low-income women it cannot discriminate between which procedures it offers, and the bill anticipates a constitutional challenge.
“If any one or more provision, section, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this section or the application of it to any person or circumstance is found to be unconstitutional,” the bill reads, “it is declared to be severable and the balance of this section shall remain effective notwithstanding such unconstitutionality.”
MCCL, the state’s largest anti-abortion group has been sharply critical of the 1995 ruling. “The Doe v. Gomez ruling by a handful of extremist judges has been disastrous for Minnesota women and their babies,” Scott Fischbach, MCCL’s executive director, said in a statement.
Fischbach’s wife, Sen. Michele Fischbach of Paynesville, is President of the Senate and cosponsor of the bill. Another GOP leader, Majority Leader Amy Koch, has signed on to cosponsor the bill, a move that contrasts her previous statements about making jobs a priority.
Here now is my final comment on all of this. I have a serious problem with those who claim to be “pro-life” suggesting that not only should they limit a woman’s right to choose what is best for her, but that they must also remove all possible resources that might help her raise a healthy child. Health Care, education, the defunding of important social services, etc. In today’s legal system the primary care giver is the mother. She is legally and financially responsible for her child’s welfare. So why is the GOP so bent on making choices so much more complicated for women?
I remember one case on Law and Order where they were investigating an abortion clinic shooting. Lt. Anita Van Buren (marvelously played by S. Epatha Merkerson) said: “All they care about is the child being born. After that, they don’t give a damn.” I think that sums it up.