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Life news in brief April 2020


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Choose Life

Choose Life Minnesota Inc. is working to bring a Choose Life license plate to Minnesota. The goal is to have funds raised from the sales of the plates support pregnancy resource centers to help expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan for their unborn baby. There are currently bills in the both the Senate and House. This plate has been approved in 32
states and the District of Columbia, raising more than $28 million.

The Guiding Star Project to open two new affiliate locations this spring

The Guiding Star Project is opening two new affiliate locations this spring: Guiding Star at the Shores (New Jersey) and Guiding Star Marshalltown (Iowa), adding to a national network of Guiding Star Centers now reaching seven locations. Each Guiding Star Center contributes to a long-needed cultural and healthcare shift that affirms the beauty and dignity of women by supporting rather than suppressing a woman’s natural biological state of health. Services at Guiding Star locations include natural fertility and family planning, pregnancy and childbirth services, breastfeeding and
postpartum services, and family life services.

Bill to ban taxpayer-funded abortion introduced in Minnesota Legislature

A bill to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion in Minnesota was introduced in the House and Senate last month. The measure, backed by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, aims to stop the government bankrolling of thousands of abortions in the state every year. “Abortion isn’t a public good deserving of public funding,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “It’s an injustice against both unborn children and their mothers. Taxpayers should not be forced to be part of this.” The legislation, H.F. 4404 / H.F. 4403 and S.F. 4271, is authored by Rep. Marion O’Neill (R-Maple Lake) and Sen. Carrie Ruud (R-Breezy Point). It would challenge a 1995 state Supreme Court decision, Doe v. Gomez, that requires Medicaid funding of abortion for pregnant women who receive state assistance. In 2017, the latest year for which data is available, taxpayers reimbursed abortion practitioners $1.06 million for a record-high total of 4,356 abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. State-funded abortions have risen each of the last four years — a 28 percent jump since 2013. In 2018, according to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, a record-high 44.5 percent of abortions occurring in Minnesota were publicly funded. Minnesota law prohibited taxpayer funding of elective abortion prior to the Doe v. Gomez decision.