NRL News

Minnesotans speak out against proposed abortion ERA     

by | May 3, 2024

By Paul Stark, Communications Director, MCCL

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and others spoke against a proposed measure to enshrine unlimited abortion in the Minnesota Constitution (the so-called Equal Rights Amendment). MCCL also discussed a 7-figure media campaign launched this week, which includes a TV and digital ad currently running (titled “Way Out There”).

“Minnesotans across the state are having new conversations about the truth of abortion. The truth about abortions on viable babies. The truth about abortions on babies who can feel excruciating pain,” said MCCL Co-Executive Director Cathy Blaeser. “And they are stepping forward with us to say, “No. This is not our values. This is not who Minnesota is.”

“I am deeply concerned that the new Equal Rights Amendment being proposed says nothing about religious or conscience rights,” said Mohamed Amin Ahmed, the communications director for the Republican People of Color in Minnesota.  “These are very important to all people of faith, and to all Muslims.”

“Latino families and Latino women love their children, born and unborn,” noted Cristina Zaczkowski, who does Latino outreach with MCCL. “We think it is doubly offensive to put [abortion] in an Equal Rights Amendment, which is supposed to protect women. … Latinas and all people in our culture will fight for the children we love, for the values we treasure.”

“I want to say, as an Ojibwe person, we do not believe in abortion,” said Donna Bergstrom, the deputy chair of the Republican Party. “In Ojibwe there’s not even a word for abortion because the concept doesn’t exist for us. We are people that respect the Creator, and the Creator has given that life to that mother.”

“We have abortion in this state legal up to and including the day of birth,” added Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover). “It’s not fiction. And I just really feel like that’s not where women of this state are.”

Minnesota law already allows abortion without limits, but the version of the ERA proposed by groups like Gender Justice and ERA Minnesota would enshrine it in the Constitution.

Categories: State Legislation