We are here to assist you in protecting our most basic human right—Life itself.
Pro-life citizens helped to elect pro-life President Trump, and a pro-life Congress and Minnesota Senate and House!
Minnesotans elect a pro-life state House, Senate in 2016
Thanks to faithful pro-life voters, the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives now enjoys pro-life leadership. Both chambers hold bipartisan pro-life majorities. This election outcome holds great promise for passage of further protections for unborn children and their mothers, for elderly persons and those with disabilities, and others whose lives are threatened.
Hope — but Dayton is obstacle
Over the next few months, MCCL will support and advance bills to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion, license and inspect abortion facilities, and ban the killing of pain-capable unborn children. The new session of the Minnesota Legislature began on Jan. 3 and will last into May.
The 2017 session offers opportunities as well as challenges. But Gov. Mark Dayton, a staunch supporter of abortion, remains in office and wields the power to veto protective bills, as he has done numerous times during his tenure.
The first bill MCCL is backing this year would end taxpayer funding of abortion in Minnesota. A 1995 state Supreme Court decision required public funding of abortions for low-income women. Since then, more than 77,000 unborn children have been killed using more than 22.5 million taxpayer dollars. In 2015, the state funded a record-high 43 percent of all abortions in Minnesota.
Abortion centers still unlicensed
The next bill, authored by Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, and Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, would apply to abortion facilities the same licensing requirements that apply to all other outpatient surgical centers. It would also allow the Department of Health to inspect such facilities. Currently, abortion centers are unlicensed and uninspected by the state—even though inspections of some abortion centers in other states have revealed unsanitary conditions, untrained assistants and unscrupulous physicians.
Finally, MCCL will support a bill to prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks, which is (conservatively) the point at which evidence shows that unborn children can experience pain and suffering. A growing number of states have enacted legislation to protect these pain-capable unborn children. Abortions at 20 weeks often involve the dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedure, which dismembers the unborn child one body part at a time.
Election a national referendum on abortion
A national poll of voters taken on 2017 Election Day, Nov. 8, by the polling company Inc./Woman Trend found that essentially half of all voters (49%) said that abortion affected their vote.
How did they vote:
This indicates a 13% advantage for the pro-life side. When you realize how close the vote was in Pennsylvania and other states which determined the election, it is clear that abortion made a clear difference in the election.
Trump promises to be pro-life president
Pro-life citizens helped to elect Donald Trump as our 45th president. Trump made promises to voters to protect the unborn and to make decisions based on the defense of innocent human life.
Trump ends foreign abortion industry funding
Pres. Trump reinstated what is known as the Mexico City policy on Jan. 23, 2017. The policy withholds U.S. funds from organizations that promote or provide abortion in foreign countries, or that lobby foreign governments to legalize abortion.
The Mexico City Policy was instituted by pro-life President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It was rescinded by President Bill Clinton, reinstated by President George W. Bush, and blocked again by President Barack Obama.
“MCCL GO strongly supports President Trump’s decision to reinstate the Mexico City Policy,” said MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to kill innocent unborn children.”
Abortion industry defunding, other action expected
Taxpayers are forced to pay enormous amounts of money to the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood alone receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding each year—funding that was expanded by Pres. Barack Obama. Pres. Trump has pledged to sign legislation that would defund the nation's abortion industry.
Trump is also expected to sign into law measures to ban abortions performed on unborn children who can feel pain, cruel dismemberment abortions and possibly other bills. Congress is considering several efforts to expand protections for the unborn.
Trump will also soon nominate a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. More justices like Scalia would help roll back the Court’s past harmful rulings and allow for greater protection for unborn children.
Congress at work to enact federal protections
With pro-life leadership in both houses of Congress, pro-life progress that was impossible over the last eight years is now very realistic. Congress could act on a federal version of the pain-capable bill, and on legislation to permanently end federal funding of abortion.
And it may act soon to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading practitioner of abortion, in order to redirect those funds to community health centers that do not perform abortions.