Facilities that perform ten or more abortions per month would be licensed in Minnesota and subject to state inspections, under a bill moving forward in the Republican-controlled Minnesota House. Andrea Ledger with NARAL Pro Choice Minnesota says there would be few, if any, health benefits to women. Ledger warns, “What the bill will do is close clinics. If enacted, four of the five abortion clinics in Minnesota will be forced to close due to the expensive… surgical center requirements.” Andrea Rau with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life responds as long as women’s health is protected, the state Health Department can waive a number of the more costly changes. Rau says, “I don’t know that anyone can say definitively that any abortion facility would be closed because of this legislation.”
It’s unlikely Governor Mark Dayton would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.