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Senate Candidate Proud to Say He Co-Sponsored Every Bill Proposed By Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life

Robin Marty

The longshot candidate makes it clear where he would stand on abortion if elected.

Minnesota Republican Kurt Bills will admit that he’s a longshot when it comes to unseating Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, a popular politician who, in her first reelection campaign, beat her last opponent, Rep. Mark Kennedy by a significant margin. Her chances this year, a pesidential election year in a normally progressive state, are even better.

Still, that’s not stopping Bills from noting the very clear contrasts in their stances, especially on social issues.  It’s a difference that Bills takes a great deal of pride in, especially at their recent State Fair debate.

Via NECN.com:

Divisions over fiscal issues aren’t all that separated Klobuchar and Bills. They varied over social issues, too, after an audience question about abortion and the constitutional gay marriage ban on November’s ballot.

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Bills responded that he was a legislative co-sponsor of every bill sought by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, which opposes legal abortion.

“I’m pro-life, and I also voted to put the marriage amendment on the ballot so people could make their own choice instead of the Legislature and the courts,” Bills said.

Klobuchar said she believed decisions about abortion “are between a woman and her doctor.”

Bills is currently trailing Klobuchar by 25 points.

News Abortion

Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life Accuses Clinic of Law Breaking Due to Internet Evidence

Robin Marty

MCCL accuses a local clinic of breaking the law because the website isn't clear enough for them.

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life hasn’t had much success in recent years when it comes to pushing legislation. Despite the anti-choice majority in the House, and, in previous years, majorities in the House and Senate, Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed all of their pet bills, undermining their influence in the policy debate.

Unhappy with their lack of power, the Minnesota branch of National Right to Life have decided to take the battle to cut off access to safe abortion care to the public square by accusing a local clinic of violating abortion regulations. MCCL has accused Whole Women’s Health of breaking the state’s 24-hour waiting period for so-called “informed consent” prior to abortion. Their evidence?

The website read “Same day procedures offered in our Twin Cities office.”

MCCL admits they never contacted the clinic about what they saw. Instead, they jumped right to filing a complaint with the state and calling a press conference to denounce the provider.  National Right to Life News claims that that “At a minimum, this information is false and misleading to women if indeed they cannot walk in and have their unborn child aborted. If Whole Woman’s Health will perform a same-day abortion, it is clearly illegal.” Scott Fischbach, MCCL Executive Director, cites the website and his own unfounded accusations as a clear sign that the state needs to license clinics that provide abortions and force them to rebuild as surgical centers, despite no clear explanation of how exactly that would address his allegations of waiting period violations even if they were in fact true.

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Why would the group be so intent on bringing a non-issue like this out into the public for an immediate press conference? Because like many on the anti-choice side, they are part of a coordinated effort to call for TRAP laws requiring excessive regulation of abortion clinics in wake of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial. Just as the discovery of Gosnell’s illegal abortion practice in 2011 was used in Pennsylvania as the impetus for passing a TRAP law that closed a majority of the safe, legal clinics in the state, other groups are hoping to cash in on the growing media coverage of his trial to convince more states to pass unnecessary licensing and rebuilding laws in the name of “stopping more Gosnells.”

Whole Woman’s Health has told the Pioneer Press that is has never violated the 24-hour law, and the accusations are baseless. “Women who phone the clinic are told they can get same-day consultation with a physician, [Terry Sallas Merritt, executive director of the clinic] said, but the actual abortion procedure would follow the consult call by at least 24 hours….’We’ve never had a woman call us who was the least bit confused.'”

But to be completely sure, the group has now reworded the sentence online to read “Same day surgical consult in our Twin Cities location.” MCCL will have to drum up a new fake outrage to justify a TRAP bill.

News Abortion

Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life Takes Credit For Declining Abortion Rate Despite Lack of Evidence

Robin Marty

The anti-choice group claims that the Positive Alternatives Act is convincing more women to have their babies versus have abortions.  So why is the birth rate declining, too?

Minnesota Department of Health has released their yearly reporting of data collected on termination services, and once more the abortion rate in the state is declining. According to Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state’s largest anti-choice advocacy group, that’s because of the implementation of the “Positive Alternatives Act,” a bill passed in 2005 to provide “resources” to convince a woman or girl with an unintended pregnancy to chose birth over abortion.

“The numbers speak for themselves: Positive Alternatives is providing women with the resources and support they need to choose life for their unborn babies,” said Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) in a statement. “More women and teens are rejecting the abortion industry’s message that abortion is the answer to an unexpected pregnancy.”

But is that true? Not at all. If “more women and teens” were choosing to carry their unexpected and unwanted pregnancies to term, there would be an increase in the state’s birth rate. Statistics don’t bear that out.

Minnesota has been experiencing a declining birth rate for years, and it’s been approaching the lowest it has been in 100 years, the state reported last year.

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In fact, the state is seeing the same trend as the nation, which is attributed to declining birth rates and abortion rates to better use of birth control.

The Positive Alternatives Act provides state taxpayer funding to crisis pregnancy centers to provide support to women who decide to continue their pregnancies, but these centers do not provide accurate information on or access to birth control and often mislead patients about the effects of using it. 

“Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is that a woman should have accurate information about all of her options,” said Jennifer Auwles, Media Relations Director for
Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. “Information should support a woman, help her make a decision for herself, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being.  Health information should never be given with the intent of coercing, shaming or judging a woman.”

“We remain vigilant in our efforts to protect women’s access to health care at every level. We want to continue seeing good news for women and families – so we will guard against any efforts to undermine women’s access to health care and information.”

Since the birth rate is dropping, and abortions are not rising, it would be fair to speculate that abortions aren’t going down because of Positive Alternatives, but in spite of Positive Alternates, which rejects age-appropriate sex education and reliable birth control information in favor of promoting abstinence and sex only after marriage.

If MCCL is looking to take credit for something, perhaps it should receive congratulations for not getting too much in the way.