Sunday, April 29, 2012
Minnesota Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Abortion Clinic Licensing
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Dayton vetoes abortion bill, by Jennifer Brooks:
A House bill targeting abortion pill also faces a likely veto.
Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required licensing of abortion clinics. He's also expected to veto another bill that would require a doctor to be present whenever an abortion pill is prescribed or swallowed.
The abortion pill measure won final approval from the Republican-led Minnesota House on Thursday, just hours before Dayton rejected the licensure bill. Dayton said in a statement that the proposed law would have forced "inappropriate and unworkable" new requirements on the few facilities that offer abortions. The bill's language, he said, was so vague -- it said clinics could be monitored for "conduct or practices detrimental to the welfare of the patient" -- that complaints could have been filed for almost any reason. . . .