House Health Finance and Policy Omnibus Bill - 2023
Urge Your Representative to oppose the pro-abortion provisions in the House Health Omnibus Bill!
The Minnesota House is stuffing extremist abortion bills into its Health Finance and Policy Omnibus Bill—provisions that remove nearly all health and safety protections for girls and women seeking abortion, eliminates the Positive Alternatives Grant Program, and expands taxpayer funding.
After the passage of the PRO Act, recognizing a fundamental right to abortion in Minnesota, pro-abortion legislators have now set out to systematically remove nearly all common-sense health and safety regulations related to abortion, as well as expand taxpayer funding of elective abortions in state health insurance plans. They were originally doing this through H.F. 91, but they have stuck these provisions in the Health Finance and Policy omnibus bill, which includes a variety of other pieces of legislation and funding. They do so to make it harder to vote against these radical abortion provisions.
Among the health and safety protections that are repealed:
- Woman’s Right to Know;
- state abortion data collection and reporting;
- the hospital requirement for abortions after the first trimester;
- the ban on non-physicians performing abortions;
- the limitations on state funding of abortion outside what is constitutionally required in medical assistance; and
- essentially eliminates the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
As noted, the omnibus bill eliminates all of the abortion reporting requirements. These reports share valuable data that helps us address economic and racial disparities for pregnant Minnesotans. For example, the 2021 abortion report reveals that nearly 13 percent of abortions were procured for economic reasons. We can also see, from comparing various MDH reports, that nearly 25 percent of black pregnancies end in abortion, compared to only 9 percent of white pregnancies.
It also eliminates the Positive Alternative Grant program, which provides funding to buttress the work of pro-life organizations so that they can serve more women in need.
While the PRO Act guaranteed a fundamental right to an abortion and put no limitations on it, this vehicle bill removes nearly all of remaining safeguards existing in law.
It is a disservice and insult to Minnesotans, especially to those who are pro-life and do not want to comply with paying more in taxes to fund the abortion industry.
Thankfully, the Senate Health and Human Services bill is clean -- it does not include provisions to unrestrict the abortion industry in Minnesota, nor does it cut the positive alternative grant program. This is positive news, but our advocacy needs to continue to ensure that these provisions do not get adopted during conference committee negotiations.
What MCC has done so far on the omnibus bills and similar bills (Resources/Testimony):
- Maggee Hangge testifies in opposition to various abortion provisions in the House Health Omnibus Bill
- Minnesota Bishop's Letter on the PRO Act and related abortion bills
- Opposition of the Catholic Health Association of MN and the Minnesota Catholic Conference to Section 10 of SF 70
- CHA MN and MCC Testimony in Opposition to H.F. 91
- Maggee Hangge testifies in opposition to H.F. 91 in House Public Safety Finance and Policy
- Maggee Hangge testifies in opposition to H.F. 91 in House Judiciary Finance and Policy
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2258) states, "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."
If you have...
One Minute: Send a message to your Representative urging them to protect girls, women, and unborn babies by removing the abortion provisions included in the Health Omnibus bill (H.F. 2930)
Three Minutes: After sending your elected officials a quick email, take another minute to call their office or send a video message. A suggested script and talking points will show up on your device. Legislators do not often get calls from their constituents, so a follow-up call or video will greatly increase your impact and further build your relationship.
More Time: If you have minor daughters, we also encourage you to join the MOMS Association (Mothers Offering Maternal Support), which is standing up for parental rights and commonsense health and safety protections in the courts. To join or learn more, you can email [email protected].