The Republican-led state legislature is considering legislation that would bar the state from funding Planned Parenthood’s abortion-on-demand services.
The bill was introduced Tuesday by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), who has also proposed banning state funds for abortions, but was not immediately voted on by the House.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has previously blocked Planned Parenthood from receiving funding, but it would now be difficult to prove a lack of funding because it would require an affidavit from the organization.
Republicans on the House floor have repeatedly argued that the health department is not an independent agency, and it would be difficult for them to prove the DHHS is an agency that is not independent from the governor.
However, Democrats have said the DHCS has failed to enforce the state’s anti-abortion laws in the past, and the bill would give the governor the power to stop DHCS from issuing any new guidelines or regulations, and could even be used as a pretext to block funding.
“It’s an extreme measure that would prevent the state of Minnesota from funding an essential health service,” Rep. Jim Oberweis (D-MN) told the Hill.
“It would be an attack on the health of the state and the safety of the people of Minnesota.
The state of MN needs to act.”
Kline is also pushing for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, and he has argued that there are no safe abortions after that point.
“If you look at the numbers, we have over one million abortions, we are one of the safest states in the nation,” Kline said.
“We have no reason to think that we can’t get rid of abortion if we can get rid.
But it would also be an assault on women.”
Klein’s legislation would also prohibit state funds from being used to provide abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected by a fetal heart monitor.
The measure would also ban the DHSS from administering the fetal heartbeat data, which is used to determine fetal viability and health of a woman, or to provide a birth control pill.
It has previously been reported that the DHSC has refused to provide fetal heartbeat monitoring data, even after it had been provided to Planned Parenthood in 2010, but the bill has not been reported to the state.
Kline also argued that it would create a “war on women,” and that the bill’s ban on abortion after 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy would make it harder for women to have an abortion.
“Women will have no choice but to carry the fetus to term or face criminal prosecution,” he said.
Kendrick Martin, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Reproductive Rights, told the Associated Press that it is important for people to keep in mind that HB 563 is a very limited bill, which does not contain any abortion restrictions.
“There are no exceptions for rape or incest, no exceptions if a woman’s life is in danger, and no exceptions when a fetus has died,” he told the AP.
“This bill would make abortion illegal if it is detected at 20 weeks of gestation, and would allow an abortion when the heartbeat is found to be fetal.”