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Minnesota Governor Vetoes Bills to Inspect Abortion Clinics

Steven Ertelt | St. Paul, MN | | 4/26/12 5:29 PM

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton today vetoed a bill allowing the state health department to inspect abortion facilities and require them to be licensed with the state to ensure they are not putting women’s health at risk.

Similar bills in other states have allowed health departments to close down abortion centers that can’t manage to follow the basic health and safety laws legitimate medical centers are expected to follow.

The vote on the measure seeking women’s safety followed its approval by several committees and the bill has the strong support of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). S.F. 1921 (H.F. 2340), authored by Sen. Claire Robling, R-Jordan, would require facilities that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed. The legislation would apply licensing requirements of outpatient surgical centers to abortion providers. The bill also authorizes the state commissioner of health to perform inspections of abortion facilities, with no prior notice required.

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