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Abortion rights stuff nationally and in Minnesota

by Dan Burns on April 19, 2018 · 2 comments

abortionThis new study is really disturbing.

Doctors and nurses should never fear losing their jobs simply because they treated patients seeking abortion, or because they support abortion access. Yet across the country clinicians are fired, threatened, and otherwise punished for providing abortion services, seeking abortion training, or engaging in advocacy around abortion. This kind of discrimination is unacceptable, but it is little known or addressed.
(National Women’s Law Center)

During every legislative session in Minnesota forced-birth fanatics come up with a new focus. TRAP laws, requiring a doctor’s presence for medication abortions…this year it’s ultrasound.

HF3194/SF2849 This bill requires providers to offer patients the option of having an ultrasound just prior to an abortion. This is unnecessary as patients already have the right to an ultrasound. Doctors should determine the health care needs of patients, not legislators. This bill is about shaming women who choose to have an abortion by implying they do not have all the information they need to make that decision.
(Women’s March Minnesota)

Comment below fold.

From Mac Hall: Another bill under consideration was introduced by Rep. Kathy Lohmer (R-Stillwater) and Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), HF 2998 / SF 2644 would require the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to create “Choose Life” license plates, with proceeds going to Positive Alternative to Abortion grantees (i.e. crisis pregnancy centers). At least 11 states give grants of public money to pregnancy centers or have done so in recent years. “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” aka CPC – have been known to provide false and misleading information. There is a bill in Congress to address this problem — H.R.2566 – Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women’s Healthcare Services Act — and has been sponsored by Betty McCollum.
On an unrelated but related subject, did you read that the Trump Administration has issued new exemptions to the ACA requirement that people maintain a qualified health insurance plan or pay a penalty. (Ya probably know that the Tax Reform and Jobs Act provides for elimination of that penalty, but that does not go into effect until 2019.) The new exemption, called “hardship exemptions”, provides an exemption if they can’t find a marketplace plan that meets not only their coverage needs but also reflects their view if they are opposed to abortion. In the various news reports, there is no mention if the “insured” needs to be able to give birth — raising the question could men get an exemption?

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