Thousands are expected at the State Capitol over the noon hour as pro-life groups mark the 45th anniversary of the Roe -v- Wade court decision legalizing abortion. Bill Poehler with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says they’ve made a lot of progress, with more pro-life laws passed recently than in years previous. He says, “At the federal level we have a lot of reasons for hope…. It’s only a matter of time, we think, before we’ll be able to protect all human lives from abortion.” Pro-choice groups continue fighting hard to retain what they say are women’s rights to make decisions about their own health.
Poehler acknowledges it’s not been enough in Minnesota to have pro-life majorities in the legislature — they also need a pro-life governor. He says, “We have not been able to accomplish a lot as far as saving lives under the Dayton administration, so this governor’s race is a top priority for us this year.”
Expect a tough battle as pro-choice groups work to retain the governor’s office and gain votes in the legislature.