Minnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday’s 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
The number of abortions performed in Minnesota has dropped again. New figures from the Minnesota Department of Health show the number of abortions performed in Minnesota dropped from just over 11,000 in 2011 to about 10,700 in 2012, for a decrease of 370.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the state of Minnesota has been wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions for indigent women.
It’s legal to get an abortion in America, but in many places it is hard and getting harder.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of abortions last year dropped to the lowest level since the state began keeping track in 1975.
Planned Parenthood plans to end nonsurgical abortions at its Wisconsin clinics. The organization’s leaders say Planned Parenthood will continue to provide surgical abortions at its clinics in Madison, Milwaukee and the Appleton area.
Due to federal budget cuts, six Planned Parenthood clinics in Minnesota are closing their doors.
The Minnesota Senate has passed new restrictions on abortion in the state, but not with enough votes to override likely vetoes by abortion rights supporter Gov. Mark Dayton.