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Minnesota Governor Vetoes Anti-Choice Legislation

Robin Marty

Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill to ban abortions after 20 week as well as a ban on tax payer funding of abortions.

Democratic Governor Mark Dayton vetoed two anti-choice bills meant to make it harder for women to obtain abortions in the state.  Dayton vetoed a 20-week ban that would primarily force women who had intended but non-viable pregnancies to carry the fetus against their wishes, as well as force poor women who needed abortions to pay for their own procedures, despite the Doe V. Gomez court order that ruled the state must provide assistance to them.

Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, stated via email,“We are enormously grateful to Gov. Mark Dayton for standing up for women’s health and heading off these intrusive, punitive measures. We want all women to be healthy and safe, and we believe that all women should be able to make personal medical decisions, often very difficult ones, without the interference of politicians.”

It is not believed that there are enough anti-choice votes to override the veto in the House or Senate.

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