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Abortion licensing bill before lawmakers

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, Democrats, Republicans Updated: February 25, 2013 - 6:17 PM

Minnesota lawmakers this year will consider requiring abortion clinics to get licensed by the Department of Health in order to operate.

Under the measure, sponsored by Rep. John Ward, DFL-Baxter and co-sponsored by a host of Republicans and Democratic lawmakers,  the state would also  inspect all out patient facilities that perform abortions.

Last year, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature passed a similar measure but that met with Gov. Mark Dayton's veto.

This year's measure would likely meet a similar fate if the measure reaches Dayton's desk.

People on sides of the abortion debate say the current Legislature's outlook on abortion restrictions and rights depends on the measure before it. 

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