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Pro-life activists rally against Minnesota abortion legislation

The Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life hosts their annual March for Life at the Minnesota State Capitol.

On Monday, Jan. 22, which marks 51 years since the now-overturned Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion, thousands gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol for the annual March for Life. 

At noon, buses unloaded from parochial schools and churches from across the state in front of the capitol. Children and adults paraded around the capitol, holding homemade and MCCL-provided signs for around 15 minutes until the program began.

The march is organized by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the largest pro-life organization in Minnesota. The MCCL criticizes Minnesota’s current abortion legislation, claiming it to be “as extreme as any in the world.” 

This year’s march was especially concerned with a 2023 bill that enshrined the “right to make autonomous decisions about the individual’s own reproductive health.” While over half of Minnesotans support state constitutional protections for abortion, the bill received criticism from House and Senate Republicans who worried the bill lacked guardrails, such as restrictions for third-trimester abortions.

Additionally, as presented on a large screen in front of the crowd, the pro-life movement has also been motivated by Minnesota’s 20% increase in abortions in 2022. The state projects an even more significant increase for 2023 because more out-of-state patients have come to Minnesota to pursue an abortion since the overturning of Roe. V. Wade, according to WCCO. 

This year, the program featured a display of 12,175 plastic fetuses on the steps of the capital, which represented the number of abortions that took place in Minnesota in 2022. 

After the program, the fetuses were brought into the capitol rotunda. 

While the march occurred during the school day, a surprising number of young people were present, most accompanied by parents or church groups.

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Hello! I am thrilled to be a print Editor-in-Chief for my third year on The Viewer. Outside of The Viewer, I am a captain of the Mounds View Boys Swim and Dive team. Feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected]. Awards:  Best of SNO - Mounds View Theater casting sparks controversy Best of SNO - Pro-life activists rally against Minnesota abortion legislation Best of SNO - From Mounds View to the MN Supreme Court: Chief Justice Hudson's distinguished career Journalism Day at The Guthrie runner up - ‘Dial M for Murder’ Revitalizes Hitchcock’s Classic at the Guthrie
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My name is Maya, and I'm excited to be one of your print Editors-in-Chief this year. When I'm not editing articles, you can find me mountain biking and watching Band of Brothers with my dad. Awards: Best of SNO - Mounds View Theater casting sparks controversy Best of SNO - The downfall of ELA education Best of SNO - Pro-life activists rally against Minnesota abortion legislation Best of SNO - Prince of Peace Church combats homelessness with tiny home settlement Best of SNO - Should legacy admissions still exist? 2nd-Place Gold Medallion Spread - Youth sports culture SNO Site Excellence Design Award SNO Page Excellence Award
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