Minnesota lawmakers are working to ban abortions based on gender selection in the state.
A new bill introduced Thursday would create penalties for doctors who perform sex-selection abortions, though there is no evidence that Minnesota doctors have performed any.
Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life which is pushing for both bills, said human life is not a thing to be manipulated.
"Minnesotans shake their heads in disbelief when they learn that an unborn child can be killed in Minnesota solely because of his or her sex," he said.
Currently, women in Minnesota are not required to disclose whether gender is the reason for requesting an abortion.
"This legislation protects the rights of unborn babies from the bizarre yet real practice of sex-selection abortion," Fischbach said.
Advocates of the bill also say new technologies are making it possible to determine a child's sex within weeks of pregnancy, which often serves as a motivation for abortions.
Fischbach said Minnesota taxpayers are funding the gender-based abortions.
"Pro-lifers sought to ban taxpayer funding of needless sex-selection abortions and gruesome saline abortions, but the Legislature's pro-abortion leaders have given the abortion industry a blank check to perform as many abortions on women as it pleases, and the results are frightening," he said.
Tim Stanley, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, said the new bill would limit choices for women seeking abortions.
"This forces doctors into making a tough decision about whether they follow through on women's health care needs or they protect themselves from the long arm of the law," he said.
Ban on Human Cloning
A portion of the bill also includes a ban on human cloning, which would apply to embryonic clones used in stem cell research.
Fischbach said human cloning is a gross misuse of technology.
"The clone is a distinct, growing, living human that would, in our opinion.have an inalienable right to life," he said. "We just feel that it's one of the most egregious forms of abortion."
Fischbach said he sees the practice altering the future.
"This Legislature is using taxpayer dollars to literally abort the future of our state, one innocent life at a time," Fishbach said. "It is a monumental tragedy."
Sources: MSNBC, twincities.com, MCCL News Release