Two abortion bills passed the Minnesota House and Senate Wednesday and Republicans in the state continue to do anything but address the mess that is their party and leadership and the scandals that continue to swirl.
One bill targets “webcam abortions” and would require a woman taking an abortion pill like RU-486 to do so in the presence of a doctor. The second bill is a TRAP bill designed to hyper-regulate abortion clinics out of existence.
“This is just another one of those bills that is just another attempt to stop women from exercising their right to terminate a pregnancy,” said Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, who said the bill would make it more expensive and difficult for women to terminate a pregnancy. “There are fewer deaths from (RU-486) than there are from Viagra or even Tylenol. Certainly having a medical abortion is less dangerous than having a live birth. So this is not about women’s health.”
To make the point that Republicans were not really concerned with regulating health care as opposed to women’s sexuality lawmakers rejected an amendment that would have required a physician to be present every time a man takes viagra. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, introduced the amendment and suggested, there should be counseling involved similar to what lawmakers mandate for women. Perhaps the man’s wife should be consulted about whether she wants him to enhance his sexual performance? Perhaps the prospective grandparents should be brought into the debate as well? “If you vote yes on this amendment, you understand that men do have some responsibility for what happens in the event that leads to an abortion,” Kahn said.
Meanwhile the Senate bill would require the state license clinics that provide 10 or more abortions a month, despite the fact that Minnesota does not license any clinics that provide outpatient surgery.
Governor Mark Dayton (D) is expected to veto both bills.
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