Striking a no-new-taxes budget deal with Gov. Mark Dayton required Republican legislators to withdraw all non-budget "social issue" proposals, including a ban on cloning and an end to taxpayer funding of abortion.
But while it's led to an agreement to end the state government shutdown, the leader of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life calls the budget compromise devastating.
MPR's Lorna Benson writes:
Executive Director Scott Fischbach says his group lost everything that it worked for this session. MCCL backed several pieces of legislation that would have banned human cloning, along with taxpayer funding of abortion and family planning groups that provide abortion. Another bill would have banned abortions at 20 weeks gestation and later.
Fishbach says Republican leaders didn't follow their mandate.
"We had operated under the assumption that we had pro-life leadership in both the House and the Senate. I think that there are many pro-lifers that are devastated now to the point of questioning some of that leadership. And we're going to have to address that down the road."
Republican leaders agreed to drop their social policy demands as part of a global budget agreement with Gov. Dayton
Benson adds that University of Minnesota stem cell researchers were relieved the compromise preserves their ability to clone human embryonic stem cells.
The university has no interest in cloning a human being but researchers do want to pursue some therapeutic cloning techniques that may lead to treatments for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions, a spokeswoman said.
Well, it's an ill wind that blows nobody good.
I'm very disappointed by the agreement that Dayton made but the thought that MCCL got shafted makes my day a little bit brighter....
If prolife people are anti-abortion, then are pro choice people pro abortion? Language seems to get in the way of informed decisions.