Monday, May 16, 2011
Minnesota would join a half dozen other states in restricting abortions based on studies that suggest a fetus begins to feel pain at 20 weeks. The Minnesota law would also open doctors performing abortions to possible felony charges and civil penalties.
State senators including some Democrats, voted 42 to 24 to approve the restrictions. The bill was slightly changed from a version that passed the Republican-led state House earlier in May and requires reconciliation.
The vote in the Senate fell just short of the two-thirds majority, or 45 votes, needed to override Dayton's possible veto. The 82 votes for it in the House also fell short of the two-thirds needed to override. . . .