The Minnesota Legislature conducted the first hearing on the first bill of the 2023 legislative session this morning: the Protect Reproductive Options Act, or PRO Act.
The bill would establish a fundamental right to reproductive health in Minnesota law. Currently, abortion is legal in Minnesota because of a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court Decision, Doe v. Gomez. DFL leaders have said codifying abortion rights into law is a top priority for this session.
House Republicans introduced several amendments to the bill, none of which passed.
Amendment A3, introduced by Bernie Perryman [R-14A] would have required abortions during the second and third-trimesters of pregnancy to be completed in a hospital setting under penalty of felony against the provider and patient.
Amendment A4, introduced by Rep. Debra Kiel [R-1B] would have prohibited “partial birth abortions,” a non-medical term that refers to late-term abortions.
Rep. Anne Neu Brindley [R-28B] introduced amendment A5, which would have prohibited abortions within the third trimester of pregnancy with exceptions for rape, incest, and great health risks to the pregnant individual.