Minnesota Senate opposes late abortion and ‘gay conversion therapy’ – Twin Cities
The GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate debated bans on late abortion and “gay conversion therapy” before passing a two-year $ 14 billion budget for health and human services in the United States. early Wednesday.
The Senate voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks, unless the mother is in danger of death or serious injury. The provision is intended to protect the fetus once it can feel pain.
“It’s about recognizing that at some point a baby has to be treated like a patient,” said Senator Michelle Benson, of R-Ham Lake, who chairs the health and social services committee.
Democrats have said the abortion ban would deprive women of reproductive rights and criminalize doctors who try to provide the best care for their patients.
Senator Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, shared a story about her struggle with fertility that included multiple unviable pregnancies. She argued that state lawmakers should not stand in the way of a woman and her doctor.
“Just consider for a moment if this has happened to you,” Franzen said. “How would you like to be limited by lawmakers? Or would you like to receive the care that your professional doctor would want for your wife, daughter, granddaughter?
His offer to remove the language failed on a 28-36 vote.
However, the LDF-controlled House refused to include the ban in its version of the budget bill.
GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
Also on Wednesday, the LDF attempted to amend the budget bill to include new bans on “gay conversion therapy”. They sought to prevent public funds from being spent on therapy and to prevent mental health providers from using it to treat vulnerable children and adults.
“Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender is not a mental disorder or illness,” said Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis. “Science has been established on this for a long time. Conversion therapy is not an accepted medical practice. It is a discredited lie.
Echoing the opposing side’s unsuccessful argument against abortion restrictions, Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, argued that a ban on conversion therapy would amount to government intrusion into life people.
“This provision would put the state government between an individual and their therapist,” Limmer said. “Obviously, there is a pattern and a theme here that professionals in the medical community don’t think government should be involved between a patient and a doctor.
Dibble’s amendment was rejected by 30 votes to 34. A similar proposal was included last week in the in-house version of the health and personal services budget.