Ban on state funds for abortions is latest proposed Constitutional amendment

Proposing amendments to the Minnesota Constitution seems to be fashionable at the Capitol this year. More than a dozen amendments have been tossed on the table just this week. Now the proposals include a plan to prohibit spending state money on abortions.
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Proposing amendments to the Minnesota Constitution seems to be fashionable at the Capitol this year. More than a dozen amendments have been tossed on the table just this week. Now the proposals include a plan to prohibit spending state money on abortions.

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