Opponents repeated their objections to the bill, which they say is more about abortion politics than women’s health. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, questioned why a doctor needs to be on hand when a woman takes a pill that won’t take effect for hours or days.
Bill sponsor Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, argued the pill can have serious side effects, and it’s important for women to establish a relationship with their doctor, just in case.
This is the second abortion-related bill to pass the Legislature this week. A bill that would require the state to license abortion facilities has already been sent to the governor’s desk.
Rep. Erik Paulsen called for an independent investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential election following President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, going further than many GOP lawmakers in the aftermath of a move that has roiled the Capitol over the last day.