It took Minnesota Republicans less than a week to get down to the state’s serious business of restricting abortion access for Minnesota women.
This attack on women’s rights comes in the form of a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban “taxpayer funded abortions”. This isn’t the first time Minnesota Republicans have tried to attack abortion rights this way. Last legislative session Democratic Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a previous measure and Republicans failed to get enough support to override that veto.
Let’s be clear about who is the target of the Minnesota GOP’s fury is: poor women. Thanks to the Minnesota Supreme Court decision Doe v. Gomez, low income women have a constitutional right to access abortion with funds from the state Medicaid program. Without being able to do so, reasons the Minnesota Supreme Court, their right to an abortion is meaningless.
Which is of course true. And why the decision has been under attack at nearly every legislative session. But this is the first time the right has tried to come at it via a ballot initiative and shows that in reality all Minnesota Republicans are concerned about are driving wedge issues that may keep them in political power. It’s not even close to legislating and it is nowhere near leadership.
And this is the state of the Republican party here in Minnesota.
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