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No licensing for abortion clinics (veto)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Sue Hegarty
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Abortion clinics will not be subject to Department of Health licensing and inspection requirements as proposed in legislation vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville) and Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) would have required a clinic or health center that performs at least 10 abortions a month to be licensed and inspected by the department.

Opponents said the bill would have held clinics where pregnancies are terminated to a different standard than other types of clinics that don’t require licensing and inspection, such as clinics where gall bladders and cataracts are removed.

In his veto letter, Dayton said he was advised by the department that the method of licensure was “inappropriate and unworkable.”

Under the bill, inspections would not have required advance notice and could have been conducted once or twice a year per facility.

“The six abortion clinics in Minnesota affected by the legislation are members of the National Abortion Federation, which sets clinical policy standards for performing abortions and inspects every member about every five years for the following standards: infection control, sonography, analgesia and sedation, antibiotics use, complications and emergencies. A lack of oversight of clinics that provide abortions is not an issue,” Dayton wrote.

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