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Abortion Bills Advance In Minnesota

Abortion Bills Advance In Minnesota

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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9:34AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

8:11AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I'm 70, and I had an abortions over 40 years ago. No big deal then and it was my choice. I have not guilt, no trauma, and I'd do it again if the circumsatance were the same. If women want the options (even if they THINK they'd never use it or need it), then they better fight for the it. Our generaton did. Men should have NO say in this UNTIL they carry the baby!

9:23PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I made a video about why abortion should be easily available, and free for any woman that wants one. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKD77k6pNE&list

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-abortionists.

8:07AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Hmm all this complaining,,, but the prolife people are ignorant and dangerous.

They have no solutions when there is a rape, or incest or when a womans life is in danger,, their idiot laws can kill women, take away their rights and push religion into violating a individual humans health rights,,, (yes we have rights in healthcare,,, diginity, privacy, the ability to control our own bodies,, )

The prolife movement is ignorant, and dangerous, thank god for Dayton!

4:36PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Oh, I am sooooo glad that I, and a lot of others like me, voted for Governor Dayton.

2:41PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

I've got female friends who had free cancer screenings and their lives were saved when the cancer was found and greated. They weren't after birth control or abortions; they wanted the cancer screening.
I have one female friend who did not get a free cancer screening, and we damn near lost her to cancer.
Viagra should be treated the same. Let the men have counseling before they take it; make them take it in a doctor's presence; make them sign forms that they will support any children born of their procreative act.

1:20PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember
Come November, women will remember

1:18PM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Steve R
“If you had just accepted the rights you did have, without this insane push for free for all abortions, totally unregulated, even for young teens, without their parents knowledge or consent etc, etc.... they wouldn't be pushing back right now.”

Google “hyde amendment” concerning your ‘imagined’ ‘free abortions’

Really, are you willing to live by an amendment that;

requires a physician to be present every time a man takes viagra. 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? you understand that men do have some responsibility for what happens in the event that leads to pregnancy don’t you?


Steve R
“That's what happens when you try to FORCE abortion on a majority that is opposed to abortion.”

So name one person whom has been “forced” to have an abortion.

I find it interesting that you claim to be: “Very passionate about natural health and the freedom to choose and make my own healthcare decisions.”

But you want to deny those with uterus's same choices. One might conclude that you are a hypocrite, and all you care about are your freedoms of choice being protected, and everyone else be damned.

10:38AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Republicans are waging a war on women and come November they will find out they can't get away with it. Vote Republicans out of office at every opportunity.

9:02AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

STEVE R IF the majority don't want an abortion then they shouldn't have one. The rest of us WANT CHOICE !!! YOU are a man- mind your own business!!!

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