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Published April 18, 2012, 01:16 PM

Minnesota House passes abortion drug bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would require a doctor to be present when a woman takes a drug to induce an abortion.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has approved a bill that would require a doctor to be present when a woman takes a drug to induce an abortion.

The House passed the bill 80-48. The Senate bill awaits a floor vote.

The measure would charge the doctor with a felony if he or she isn't in the same room when a woman takes the drug.

Backers of the bill say it would provide the extra safety of a doctor's supervision for women who aren't good candidates for the drug. But critics say the pill doesn't take effect until hours after taken. They say the measure would criminalize abortion providers and stretch already limited resources.

Gov. Mark Dayton, who supports abortion rights, is unlikely to sign the bill.

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