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Ultrasound Abortion Bill Vetoed By Governor Mark Dayton

17 May 2018

Republicans made the sudden move Tuesday, testing Gov. Mark Dayton's resolve over taxes.

Dayton said Wednesday he would veto the bill unless lawmakers provide $138 million for public schools facing budget shortfalls. He added that doctors are already fulfilling their legal and ethical obligations concerning abortions.

The House passed the bill by a 79-48 vote. Both votes were primarily split along party lines, with a few DFLers joining their Republican-majority colleagues in supporting the measure. Supporters argued that the bill would give women more information before deciding to have an abortion.

It would have required Minnesota physicians to tell pregnant women they have the option of viewing an ultrasound before having an abortion.

Dayton also noted that Minnesota Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also opposed the mandate.

Ultrasound Abortion Bill Vetoed By Governor Mark Dayton