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Legislative Update from Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen

Monday, November 25, 2019

Dear Neighbors,

With majority control of the Minnesota House of Representatives for the first time since 2013-2014, this year’s legislative session gave House Democrats a chance to demonstrate to Minnesotans their vision for our state. The vision revealed during session was one that included raising taxes on all Minnesotans by more than $12 billion over the next four years, out-of-control spending, and controversial policy proposals designed to grow the size of government.

No proposal better represented their misplaced priorities than the push to include controversial comprehensive sex education mandates on schools in this year’s education finance and policy omnibus bill.

The sex education curriculum proposed by House DFLers was backed and drafted by Planned Parenthood. This mandated sex education curriculum included material that many considered pornographic. It doesn’t take an expert to understand that this sort of explicit sexual material should not be mandated and taught to elementary children.

Schools clearly should have some sort of role in sex education, but the DFL plan of outsourcing that curriculum to organizations like Planned Parenthood that profit from abortion services, giving them the chance to editorialize something this important, is wrong and should not be pursued. For that reason, I was proud to vote against that bill.

Here is an article written by a former abortion clinic owner detailing her experience and how this radical curriculum impacted her former business. She is now pro-life and has dedicated her life to exposing the curriculum pushed by Planned Parenthood that promotes their pro-abortion agenda to school-aged children. Sadly, DFL House leadership supported Planned Parenthood’s agenda—one that would have given them a strong presence in our schools.

Thankfully, the Republican majority in the Senate held firm and this provision was not included in the final education bill.

Staying in Touch

Please continue to reach out to me to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns. I can be reached by phone at 651-296-4229 or via email at rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn.

Have a great weekend,

Glenn

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