Abortion Bill Sparks Passionate Debate in MN House

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Click on Photo to View Video of MN House Passing Anti-Abortion Bill

Click on Photo to View Video of MN House Passing Anti-Abortion Bill

A bill requiring a doctor to be present when a woman takes an abortion pill such as RU-486 won approval in the Republican-controlled Minnesota State House after a passionate debate. The GOP voted in favor of the bill, and some Democrats crossed the aisle to join them.

But other DFL’ers implied that the legislation was aimed unfairly against women.

“If we’re talking about health, then we should be just as concerned about men’s health when they take Viagra,” said Rep. Tina Liebling. “And if a woman needs a physician to be physically present when she takes RU-486, then a man certainly needs a physician present when he takes Viagra, because Viagra is just as dangerous.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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