ST. PAUL (AP) -- A bill for runaway and homeless youth that had an abortion-related amendment attached on the House floor will go to a House-Senate conference committee if the bill's Senate sponsor gets her way.
Sen. Sheila Kiscaden, R-Rochester, an abortion-rights supporter, said she will ask the Senate to reject the House version of the bill.
That would send it to conference committee, where she hopes to address concerns of representatives of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, a politically powerful organization opposing abortions that favored the House amendment.
The amendment would prevent state funds for the youth programs from paying for services from any organization that ''provides abortions, promotes abortions, or directly refers for abortions.''
The amendment could affect health-care organizations such as Planned Parenthood, where youth receive a variety of services, said Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Connie Perpich.
Kiscaden said she is particularly concerned that if the bill doesn't pass, it may harm programs at the Red Wing juvenile detention facility.
The co-chairwomen of the coalition that worked on the original bill, Michelle Basham of Project Foundation in Minneapolis and Cheryl Byers of Evergreen House in Bemidji, said Tuesday they would rather the bill were killed than have it pass with the abortion language on it.
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