Budget compromise draws criticism from Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life

Republican legislative leaders are in hot water with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life after agreeing to drop several abortion and human cloning bans.

The social policies were attached to a Republican budget compromise that Gov. Mark Dayton accepted Thursday. As a condition of his counter-proposal, the governor demanded that the bans be dropped. The leader of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life calls the budget compromise devastating.

Executive Director Scott Fischbach said his group lost everything that it worked for this session. MCCL backed several pieces of legislation that would have banned human cloning, along with taxpayer funding of abortion and family planning groups that provide abortion. Another bill would have banned abortions at 20 weeks gestation and later.

Fishbach says Republican leaders didn't follow their mandate.