The seven members of the St. Paul City Council voted unanimously last week to establish March 10 as Abortion Providers Appreciation Day, a day to honor the men and women who terminate pregnancies.
The vote occurred on March 4, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about whether Louisiana can require that abortionists acquire admitting privileges to nearby hospitals.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, "The resolution specifically recognizes the memory of Dr. David Gunn, an abortion provider shot and killed on March 10, 1993 in Florida. It was sponsored by four of the seven council members: Rebecca Noecker, Nelsie Yang, Dai Thao and Jane Prince."
The other council members who voted in favor of the resolution are Amy Brendmoen, Chris Tolbert, and Mitra Jailali.
Commenting on the vote, Battle Creek resident Larry Dandrea said, “Unless I missed the reporting on a spike in the number of attacks within St. Paul against abortion providers, then I’d say all seven council members have passed a resolution in search of a problem."
“Movements like this are indicative of the moral decline occurring in Minnesota and across our country,” said State Sen. Mark John (R), as reported by the Pioneer Press.
Pro-abortion advocate Stacey Burns said of doctors who perform abortions, “They’re the very same people who clear up infections, diagnose illnesses, and deliver babies, so it’s hard to see what makes them ‘controversial medical practitioners.'"
City Council President Amy Brendmoen told the Pioneer Press that she had received a "steady stream of emails, a lot from people who don’t live in St. Paul, or didn’t share their addresses, but a fair number from St. Paul as well," and the messages were often critical of the council's vote.
One email asked, “When will the city council ask for an appreciation day for any other medical specialty? ... Will Ms. Noecker be sponsoring a cardiac surgeons appreciation day, or will Ms.Yang be sponsoring a neurologist appreciation day?”
According to the National Right to Life Committee, based on data from the CDC and the Guttmacher Institute, there were 862,320 abortions in the United States in 2018-19. Since 1973 when the Roe v. Wade decision made abortion legal nationwide, there have been an estimated 61,628,584 abortions.
St. Paul is in the 4th congressional district of Minnesota, a seat held by Rep. Betty McCollum, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. McCollum is pro-abortion and a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.