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ST. PAUL – State Representative Jason Rarick (R-Pine City) said he was pleased to support a pair of pro-life provisions that were approved by the Minnesota House recently.
“Too many times people think we’re trying to outlaw or ban abortions,” Rarick said. “In these cases we’re simply trying to protect women’s health and the taxpayers from funding procedures they do not believe in.”
The first bill prohibits funding for abortions from state-sponsored health programs that are administered by the Department of Human Services. The second bill requires any clinic that performs ten or more abortions each month to be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, and those facilities must comply with all inspections.
“We license pet clinics and tattoo parlors, so I cannot understand how anybody can believe we shouldn’t be licensing and inspecting abortion facilities in order to ensure a woman’s health,” Rarick said. “So many other people are opposed to using tax dollars to fund abortions, and they should be able to have the right to say that their money won’t be used for that purpose.”
Rarick said both pro-life proposals were approved with bipartisan support in the Minnesota House.
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