House votes to ban abortions after fetus can "feel pain"
Reps. Holberg (left) and Fritz
Yesterday, the House approved two abortion-restricting amendments.
The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," introduced by Rep. Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, bans abortions 20 weeks after conception. The second, offered by Rep. Patti Fritz, D-Faribault, basically prohibits state-sponsored health care programs from covering abortion.
The House is currently made up of 73 Democrats and 61 Republicans. But in each vote, the GOP got enough support from pro-life Democrats to overcome the DFL majority.
Reached for comment this afternoon, Rep. Frank Hornstein said there's no way either amendment becomes law.
"They do this every year and they are usually dropped in conference committee," Hornstein says. "It's unfortunate -- I strong disagree with the votes, but I think we had every single Republican vote for the anti-choice amendments, and [also] a handful of Dems."
"This happened last year... it's not surprising but obviously concerning," he continues.
And even if the amendments somehow made it through the DFL-controlled Senate and conference committee as part of a broader budget bill, it's impossible to imagine them being signed into law by pro-choice Governor Mark Dayton.
"This is where Mark Dayton is very important to us," Hornstein says. "These are more symbolic votes."
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