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RELEASE: Rep. Daniels Opposes House Democrats’ Extreme Abortion Bill

Friday, January 20, 2023

ST. PAUL, MN – On January 19, Minnesota House Democrats approved radical abortion language that would allow abortions until the child’s birth. State Representative Brian Daniels, R-Faribault, voted no on the bill, which passed solely with Democrat support.

“Yesterday’s bill goes far beyond simply codifying abortion access in state law, it instead legalizes abortions at any time throughout a pregnancy and without any guardrails, putting Minnesota’s abortion laws on par with just seven countries in the world, including radical regimes like North Korea and China,” said Daniels. “I have always been pro-life and have consistently supported legislation that puts the health and safety of the unborn and women first.”

Daniels said the bill makes abortion, already legal in Minnesota under Doe v. Gomez, available at any time during a pregnancy without guardrails, which would make our state an outlier in the United States and western world.

Daniels also noted that the bill does not require abortion facilities to be licensed by the State of Minnesota nor require second or third term abortions to take place in a hospital, despite the obvious medical risks.

Numerous attempts were made to amend the legislation to show compassion to mothers and the unborn. The proposed changes included requiring 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions to be performed in a hospital, banning partial birth abortions, and banning abortions in the 3rd trimester, with the exceptions of rape, incest, and saving the life of the mother. House Democrats, who are the majority party in the Minnesota House, voted all of them down.

Daniels continued, “Throughout the committee process and on the House floor, we attempted to include necessary protections and guardrails to this extreme bill. Our good faith efforts were rejected at every turn which now will make Minnesota’s abortion policy an outlier in the United States and the western world.”

The bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate.