Abortion Facility Licensing, Taxpayer Funded Abortion Ban Bills Passed by MN Senate PanelBy NRL Staff
NRL News Today - March 1, 2017
Legislation would apply state licensing, federal funding standards to abortion industry
ST. PAUL — Two key pro-life measures were approved by the Minnesota Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy committee last night. It was the second hearing for both S.F. 704 and S.F. 702, which have the strong support of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization.
S.F. 704 (H.F. 811), authored by Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R), would require facilities that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed by the state commissioner of health. The bill also authorizes the commissioner to perform inspections of abortion facilities as deemed necessary, with no prior notice required.
MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau testified that the state cannot rely upon abortion recipients to expose problems at abortion facilities. “Women who have abortions typically tell few people and don’t want others to know—so you end up with a scenario where women are very unlikely to report problems,” she said.
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