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Minnesota GOP Target Abortion Access

Minnesota GOP Target Abortion Access

Lawmakers in Minnesota are once again on the march to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care services. After first going after Medicaid funds for abortions, Republicans have proposed two more anti-abortion bills. The first would restrict the use of RU-486 and the other would require random inspections and licenses for clinics that provide abortions.

The bill targeting RU-486 prohibits doctors from monitoring via videoconference the administration of the drug for abortions. Supporters of the bill claim the drug is dangerous and therefore requires a physician’s physical presence to ensure it is properly and safely administered.

Opponents see this as another unnecessary attack on access to medical care, especially for poor women and those living in rural areas. RU-486 ends pregnancies in the first nine weeks and is associated with fewer patient deaths than either Tylenol or Viagra. Last year, Planned Parenthood Minnesota introduced a program where doctors at its St. Paul clinic videoconference with counsel patients in Rochester about medication abortions. Abortion-inducing drugs are then dispensed to patients from a locked safe in the Rochester exam room that the physician opens remotely. The physical presence bill would outlaw this program.

The other bill expands licensing and inspections requirements for businesses like game farms to clinics that provide abortion. Like other TRAP laws, these restrictions are designed to restrict the number of facilities that are able to offer abortion services.

Both bills will likely pass the Republican controlled Senate and House but will almost certainly be vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton (D) who vetoed other abortion-restricting bills last session

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9:35AM PST on Feb 10, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:52PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

lydia p, here's the reality since no one's obviously told you, abortion happens whether its legal or not, the difference is when its legal an actual doctor does the abortion so the chances of a woman ending up with an major infection, being mutilated or dying a horrible death, mostly from bleeding to death or infection is A LOT lower, when it is illegal a "butcher" with a high school biology book with no real clue to anatomy let alone the female reproductive system does the abortion and well i think you get the idea. stop being a moron.

7:32PM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

this is just stupid, do i need a doctor watch me take my naproxen and hang around to make sure it doesnt mess with my liver?

1:29PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

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2:01AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Give it up GOP,it's a losing case,but you'll only find that out when it's to late I hope.

10:20PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Strike the "cutting" following my FOR. "Cutting is a totally different REPUBLICAN problem!

10:08PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

We women in Minnesota MUST UNSEAT ANY REPUBLICAN she has access to. I ,personally, have hastled my state representitive, Mark Murdock, so much in the last year and a half that he just announced his retirement! NOW I'm focusing on ELECTING A Democrat. I'm also Petitioning and editorializing like CRAZY. Nationally ,I need to get rid of CHIP CRAAVICK. You may Know him as the guy who moved his family to Vermont.He serves his constituents by visiting Minnesota on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. OTHERWISE he spends his time in Washington voting AGAINST anything important and FOR cutting anything remotely connected to keeping women barefoot and pregnant(And UNEDUCATED) He's an old Navy man which explains ,maybe, why he sends me HIS opinions as accomplished fact and assumes I'll just say "OH, OK" (The Navy once responded to my letter asking for help for families of sailors whose ship was being perminately moved from Newport ,Rhode Island to Chicago. The Navy said, "If we wanted sailors to have wives--to say NOTHING of FAMILYS--we'd have issued them. Your problems are just that. Your problems") Chip said "Apparently, you don't understand that mining is appropriate use of our land --NO MATTER HOW IT'S NOW DESIGNATED. Right now we are wasting the entire Boundary Waters Area." Hopefully others ARE also working to elect people who can do something other than try to legislate VERY CONSERVATIVE MORALS.

7:10PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

6:51PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Minnesota is the home of that crazed bigot, Michelle Bachmann. She's behind the GOP agenda to pump out babies til your uterus drops. Get out of that states, flee for your life.

12:04PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Noted. Thanks for posting.

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