Hennen: Minnesota and North Korea are an abortion match

Bidding Minnesota farewell over an extreme law

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Columnist Scott Hennen

I moved to North Dakota in 1984 at the age of 20. Minnesota is where I spent most of my time prior to then. When people would ask..."Where ya from?" Minnesota was always my answer. Eventually, my address was in North Dakota. It's where I lived and made my living. But Minnesota was my home state. There was always a fondness for remembering my younger days growing up in Minnesota. Who doesn't remember with affection the place where they were born? Well, no more can I think of Minnesota in that manner.

I decided this week that I'm renouncing my connections to Minnesota. I'm done. The abhorrent abortion bill passed by the Democrat majority and the giddy Democrat Governor, the bumbling geography teacher Tim Walz, has caused me to cut the cord. It was with great glee that they supported legislation (the Protect Reproductive Options Act) that allows a baby to be aborted up to the moment of birth. That's not an abortion bill, that is evil. This bill also strips parents of the right to be notified if a child wants an abortion. This bill makes me physically ill. Who could dream up something so sick? I'll tell you who. Politicians who value a political victory above all else. “Last November, Minnesotans spoke loud and clear: They want their reproductive rights protected – not stripped away,” said Gov. Walz. “Today, we are delivering on our promise to put up a firewall against efforts to reverse reproductive freedom.

The "Red Wave" that was predicted to sweep the country in the mid-term elections last fall didn't happen. It did bring Republicans a slim majority in the U.S. House, but not much else. Prognosticators analyzed the results of the election and determined that the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe Vs. Wade, overturning the "right" to an abortion, struck a chord with some voters. So a "wave" of abortion supporters came out in droves to vote against any candidate that didn't support abortion. Let the pandering begin.

Rather than reinstating similar restrictions under the federal law of Roe Vs Wade, which allowed a woman to choose to have an abortion only through the second trimester, team Minnesota decided to plow some new awful ground. While I disagreed with that law vehemently, it was the law of the land since 1973. Now Minnesota has removed all restrictions on abortion! Minnesota will have the most liberal abortion laws anywhere. As in the world. As in the same laws as North Korea. Partial-birth abortions, chemical abortions, full-term abortions, underage girls getting abortions, and more will be protected.

According to earlier polling, this extreme of abortion law is not popular with a majority of Minnesotans either. That explains why this bill was rammed through with very little time for citizen input.


I'm a Minnesotan no more. The place is starting to share the stench of Sodom and Gomorrah. I'm glad to call North Dakota home. A great pro-life state with a growing amount of services available for women and children that do not include abortion.

Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at

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Opinion by Scott Hennen
Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, KFYR AM 550, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at

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