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Post abortion ministry

Hurting after abortion? You are not alone. The Diocese of Duluth is here to help you heal through its post-abortion ministry, Project Rachel. This ministry offers a confidential helpline for you to speak with someone about your experience. A willing person to listen who has been specially trained to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflict is just a confidential call away at (218) 421-7110. Move beyond the pain, call today.

Life care center to host free clinic

Lake Superior Life Care Center will be holding a free medical clinic available to men, women, and children for non-emergency appointments. The upcoming Medical Clinic dates are March 20 in the Duluth office, located at 4931 E. Superior St., and March 6 in the Superior office located at 1823 Belknap St. Call (218) 727-3399 to schedule an appointment in the Duluth office or (715) 394-4102 for an appointment at the Superior office. The center’s Duluth office hours have changed. It is now open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Superior office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

State ultrasound right-toview measure introduced

Legislation introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate would ensure that abortion-seeking pregnant women can see an ultrasound of their unborn child. The measure is backed by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. “Ultrasound imaging provides women with factual medical information,” said MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau. “When people are better informed, they make better decisions that result in fewer regrets. Women deserve the chance to decide for themselves whether or not to see their child.” Supporters argue abortion facilities routinely perform an ultrasound before abortion in order to determine the developmental stage and location of the child, but the woman usually isn’t given the chance to view it. The legislation, authored by Rep. Julie Sandstede, DFL-Hibbing, in the House and Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, in the Senate, would merely re- quire that, if and when an ultrasound is performed prior to abortion, the woman be offered the opportunity to see. The bill would add a paragraph to the existing Woman’s Right to Know informed consent statute, which became law in 2003. The legislature passed a similar ultrasound bill with bipartisan support in 2018, but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Mark Dayton. A total of 28 states already have some form of ultrasound-related informed consent requirement, according to the National Right to Life Committee, and many of those laws are significantly more prescriptive than the Minnesota proposal.

New legislation would end Minnesota’s abortion-until-birth policy

Legislation to protect pain-capable unborn children from the lethal violence of abortion was introduced today in the Minnesota Senate. The bill was introduced in the House on Monday. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the state’s largest pro-life organization, supports the measure. “In recent weeks, elected officials in New York and elsewhere have shocked the rest of the nation by pushing very extreme abortion policies,” says MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau. “Many Minnesotans don’t realize that our own state fails to protect unborn babies even late in pregnancy. This new bill would change that.” The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HF 1312 and SF 1609) is authored by Rep. Peggy Scott, R-Andover, in the House and Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, in the Senate. It would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization (about 22 weeks after the last menstrual period), when scientific evidence shows that unborn children can feel pain. The bill includes an exception when abortion is necessary to preserve the life of the mother or to prevent “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” Minnesota law currently allows abortion at any time during pregnancy and for any reason. A Marist poll conducted last month found that a solid majority of Americans favor legal protection for unborn children after 20 weeks. Similar legislation passed through the Minnesota Legislature twice in recent years but was vetoed both times by then-Gov. Mark Dayton. Changing abortion laws should prompt pro-life action, archbishop says