Minnesota blazed a trail for prolife legislation

  • Article by: SCOTT FISCHBACH
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 7:54 PM

States are passing variants of laws that already have been put in place in Minnesota.

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pumiceJul. 24, 13 7:47 PM

From the article: "We continue to believe that these laws are significantly helping the downward trend in abortion that Minnesota has seen over the last several years." From a previous STrib article: "The big drop among teenagers drove a 3 percent decline in the overall number of abortions last year.... The state has now reported historic or near-historic lows for teen pregnancies, teen births and teen abortions — but has also reported survey information showing that high schoolers are more sexually active than they were five years ago." Hmmmmmmmmm. Maybe there's a reason for the decline other than draconian laws, Mr. Fischbach.

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pumiceJul. 24, 13 8:04 PM

Re: "[A] Gallup poll in January determined that 64 percent think abortion should be illegal in the second trimester of pregnancy, and 80 percent think it should be illegal in the third." Regardless of the decision made by the woman and her doctor? Were respondents aware that many women--including victims of rape make the decision to prevent implantation? that 61% of induced abortions are performed before 9 weeks? that 88% of induced abortions are performed before Week 12? that giving birth is riskier than having an abortion at 18 or 20 weeks? that third trimester abortions account for 1.5% of induced abortions and are strictly regulated?

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thedanmanJul. 24, 13 8:07 PM

Dayton actually got something right.

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ebfauvelJul. 24, 13 8:47 PM

Mr. Fischbach, pregnancy *is* a disease when it's ectopic. In these cases, failure to abort the fetus results in death of both the fetus and the woman carrying it. Like it or not, there *are* cases when abortion is necessary.

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ebfauvelJul. 24, 13 8:50 PM

"A Polling Company survey in March found that 64 percent of Americans support banning the abortions of pain-capable unborn children."

What was the percentage of *Minnesotans*? Does the entire country get to determine state abortion policy here?

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nuzzunJul. 24, 13 9:56 PM

Minnesota's blazed a lot of trails, by the way. Are you going to give credit to Minnesota's Republicans for North Carolina's voter suppression laws, Mr. Fischbach, or do we voters get credit for blazing the vote-No-on-voter-suppression trail? When we voted down the amendment-banning-same-sex marriage, we bypassed the trail blazed which had been blazed by 32 states! Thirty-two!!! How much credit do we get for that?

Google links, by the way, credit Americans United for Life, the anti-choice movement’s equivalent of ALEC, for the flood of anti-choice legislation being passed by Republican legislatures. "In at least fifteen states, Americans United for Life ... works the halls of ALEC conferences to meet up with the state legislators in attendance" and distribute model legislation such as TRAP laws.

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scotchguyJul. 24, 1311:27 PM

"Like it or not, there *are* cases when abortion is necessary." - That doesn't hide the fact that 99% of abortions are done out of sheer convenience.

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scotchguyJul. 24, 1311:31 PM

"What was the percentage of *Minnesotans*? Does the entire country get to determine state abortion policy here?" - It may as well have since 5 unelected Federal judges legalized abortion in 1973 and made it the law of the land.

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Opus2013Jul. 24, 1311:45 PM

RE: "...5 unelected Federal judges legalized abortion in 1973 and made it the law of the land."------------------------ Apparently, the "law of the land" and the Constitution run contrary to your personal views. There must be a country somewhere, whose laws and constitution are in conformity with your views, no?

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thedanmanJul. 24, 1311:46 PM

Laws for women, made by men. Roles reversed, it's not an issue. It's about control and religion, not necessarily in that order but they are unfortunately linked. Much worse when politically driven and supported in a country where neither politics nor religion should be given precedence. -thedanMAN

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