Dayton vetoes two abortion-restricting bills
Today, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he's vetoing a bill that would've banned so-called "telemedicine abortions" and required the physical presence of a doctor when an abortion is performed.
Last Thursday, Dayton announced his veto of a separate bill that would've required abortion clinics to be licensed and subject to random inspections, meaning neither of the abortion bills approved by the Republican-controlled legislature survived the governor's veto pen.
Referring to the telemedicine abortion ban, Dayton wrote: "This bill continues the Legislature's attempt to place new regulatory burdens only on certain health procedures."
Later in his veto letter, Dayton writes that "Minnesota's laws should not target or restrict the Constitutional rights of women."
In his letter vetoing the licensure and inspection bill, Dayton alludes to the fact that no other clinics providing outpatient surgeries in Minnesota are subject to such requirements, which suggests MNGOPers targeted abortion clinics for political reasons.
"If regulation of clinics were the concern, the bill should have required licenses of all clinics, not just a select few," Dayton wrote.
It doesn't appear either bill has enough support in the legislature to override the governor's veto. In related news, Minnesotans who support a woman's right to choose look east and are very, very happy Tom Emmer is not our governor.
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