On April 26, the Minnesota House rejected two bills designed to protect unborn babies. Those bills were HF 1312, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have banned abortions when the baby can feel pain at 20 weeks. The other was HF 271, what is commonly called a fetal heartbeat law, that would banned abortions when the baby has a heartbeat at about six weeks.

Six states have approved fetal heartbeat laws and protected their unborn children. Why couldn't the members of the state House put politics aside and protect the weakest members of society? We ought to be Minnesota nice to our unborn babies and let them have a chance to experience life here. Yet we have some of the most lax abortion laws in the country.

I can't understand how people don't want to protect vulnerable humans with beating hearts. The "clump of cells" argument can't be used here. That is an undeniable life in the womb. The baby has a heartbeat separate from his mother, the blood it pumps throughout his body may be a different type than his mother's. There is an individual human being in the womb, with certain unalienable rights and the state should protect them.

In next year's elections, punish the legislators who voted against protecting children with heartbeats. Send them home and instead vote in legislators who value all life.

Zachary Borneke

Eagle Lake

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