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Published May 06, 2011, 01:28 PM

Minn. House passes new limits on abortion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed a new restriction on abortion that would ban the procedure shortly after the midway point in a pregnancy.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed a new restriction on abortion that would ban the procedure shortly after the midway point in a pregnancy.

The bill passed Friday on a vote of 82-46 with support from most Republicans and some Democrats after a debate that grew emotional and graphic at times. That's not enough votes to override a likely veto by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports abortion rights.

The bill that passed would prohibit abortions starting at 20 weeks after conception unless it 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 House was debating a separate bill to ban state public funding of abortion.

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