Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) compared the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized access abortion, to the court’s ruling in Dred Scott v. Sandford, which said former slaves could not become U.S. citizens.
“Ladies, the Supreme Court made this ruling,” Gruenhagen said on House floor in reference to Roe v. Wade. “They’re not infallible. If you remember right, the Supreme Court made a 7-2 ruling on slavery, with Dred Scott, in fact he was part of Minnesota here.”
The Minnesota House passed legislation that would prevent taxpayer money from paying for abortions for low-income women on state-funded medical programs. The bill was passed by a 80 to 44 vote Friday.
“Let me just remind you, especially ladies, it was seven men that made abortion legal,” he continued. “Not seven women. Now what’s the significance of that? Men, a certain percentage, have developed a perverted view of women and what abortion tells men is they can use women and lose them.”
The state’s House also approved legislation that makes it a felony for any doctor in Minnesota to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.
“Then on top of that we have the state showing up and paying for the sexual exploitation of women,” Gruenhagen said. “Ladies, let’s put a stop to this. Let’s put a stop to sending a message to men that they can use you and leave you with the consequences and have the government pick up the tab for that.”
Both abortion bills are expected to be vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton.
Watch video of Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen’s speech below [via The UpTake.]
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