Friday, May 27, 2011

Tampering with the Minnesota Constitution

The constitution should not be written or rewritten in moments of frivolous frenzy by slim majorities of the voters!
by Charlie Leck

Our Minnesota Governor vetoed two abortion bills over the last two days. Good for him! They both sucked and they were both discriminatory. One would have removed any state funding of abortions for poor women.

“All women deserve to be healthy and safe,” Governor Dayton said in a letter to the state legislature that accompanied his veto.

A second bill would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks. Dayton said we should leave that to a woman and her doctor.

“Our place is not between a woman and her doctor,” the Governor wrote, “Imposing civil penalties and making it a felony to deliver care that is in the best interest of the patient is unconscionable.”

Now, of course, conservative legislators are threatening to propose the two laws as a constitutional amendment. If they could pass it that way the Governor could not veto it. It would go to the voters to decide.

The Constitution of the State should not be written or altered in the heat of emotional moments of frenzy by 51 percent of the voters. The proclamations of, and the laws established by, the constitution should find their base in nearly 100 percent of the citizens of the state and not in slim majorities.


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