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24 Hour Waiting Period Bill Passes in Minnesota House

Despite the promise of a veto by Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura (I), the Minnesota House passed a health and human services spending bill that contained a 24-hour mandatory waiting period provision that would require women to wait a full day before receiving an abortion. The spending bill contained several other anti-family planning, anti-abortion measures including prohibiting the state from contracting with family planning agencies that refer clients for abortions and requiring teen pregnancy prevention grants be used only for after school enrichment programs and abstinence only education programs. The bill would also cut the funding for state family planning grants by one third, or $3.2 million.

Update: On 5/15 Gov. Ventura vetoed the bill.

Sources:

Kaiser Daily Health Report Ð May 14, 2001; NARAL

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