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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Paul Torkelson (R)

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Friday, March 13, 2009
ST. PAUL – As a strong supporter of right-to-life initiatives, State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Watonwan County) said he is proud to co-author a variety of anti-abortion proposals this session. “Life is the most important issue to fight for, and I will continue to support and sponsor legislation that encourages a person’s right to live,” Torkelson said. Torkelson is co-sponsoring legislation that would ban “saline amniocentesis” abortions, where a saline solution is inserted into the amniotic sac for the purpose of killing the unborn child and artificially inducing labor, unless the procedure is necessary to save the life of the mother. Torkelson’s other bills include prohibiting state revenue from being used to fund abortions, banning a mother from having an abortion based solely on the sex of the unborn child, and creating criminal penalties for physicians who intentionally perform abortions at a hospital where he or she does not have clinical privileges. More specifically, this regulation would apply if the hospital offers obstetrical or gynecological care within the state and within 20 miles of the location where the abortion is performed or induced. “These bills will help protect the lives of the unborn, as well as Minnesota citizens who don’t want their tax dollars spent on abortions,” Torkelson said. “I’m hopeful they will be looked on favorably as our session moves ahead.”