The move is a welcome step toward protecting women in the states in which clinics of criminal abortion provider Steven Brigham have operated, but the question remains as to why it took regulators so long to act.
The Planned Parenthood Center for Choice will be able to move forward with a plan to expand access to abortion care in New Orleans.
The amendment to the Minnesota Health and Human Services omnibus bill was defeated in the state senate by a 32-29 vote, mostly along partisan lines, with four anti-choice Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the measure.
Health reform must be separated from the issue of abortion
Congressional Republicans took the floor last week to call for the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood because the network of reproductive health care clinics offer abortion services.
The Eighth Circuit has lifted a preliminary injunction against a South Dakota law that requires doctors to inform patients seeking abortion care that that abortion would “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.”