MN Senate Panel Approves Abortion RestrictionsNew restrictions on abortion have won approval from a Senate panel as they continue moving through the GOP-run Legislature.
By: Associated Press,
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New restrictions on abortion have won approval from a Senate panel as they continue moving through the GOP-run Legislature.
The Judiciary and Public Safety Committee voted 8-5 Tuesday for a bill that would bar subsidized coverage of abortions for women on state health care programs.
A ban on abortions shortly after the midway point in pregnancy also cleared the panel on an 8-4 vote.
That bill would prohibit the procedure starting at 20 weeks after conception unless an abortion would save the woman's life or prevent lasting physical impairment. A woman is usually considered about 22 weeks pregnant at that point under the common method of measuring the length of pregnancy.
The proposals are unlikely to make it past Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, an abortion rights supporter.