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Senate passes Gazelka bill on abortion-inducing drugs

Sen. Paul Gazelka’s bill relating to the administration of abortion-inducing drugs passed the Minnesota Senate Monday and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Mark Dayton.

A spokesperson for Dayton said the governor has not yet indicated how he will act on Gazelka’s bill.

The Senate passed House File 2341 (SF 1912), Gazelka announced in a news release, in an effort to protect women from the risk of death or serious complications resulting from administration of abortion-inducing drugs. The bill, chief-authored by the rural Brainerd Republican, requires a physician to be physically present when any drug or chemical is used by a patient for the purpose of inducing abortion. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) supported this measure.

“I am glad to have the support of my colleagues in the Senate as we work to protect life – both mother and unborn child. It’s common sense to have a physician present when performing a major medical procedure, especially in the case of abortion because it carries serious risks. Administration of the RU486 abortion drug can leave female patients with complications in their reproductive, cardiovascular, digestive, and central nervous systems and patients can even lose their lives,” Gazelka said in his statement. “I am dedicated to protecting mothers and unborn babies and I hope Governor Dayton signs this important bill.”

The House passed HF 2341 on Friday.

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