GOP Attempts To “Whittle Away” Abortion Access In MN By Michael McIntee | February 27, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on MN Senate Subscribe to MN Senate Follow this author Click photo to watch debate on bill to restrict abortions. Click photo to watch debate on bill to restrict abortions.“This is a whittling away at abortion access for women” Karen Law of Pro Choice Resources on bill restricting telemedicine abortions. A bill requiring a doctor be physically present for administering the abortion drug RU-486 instead of using telemedicine is aimed at putting up more barriers to abortion, not safety says Senator John Marty (DFL-Roseville). If the bill authors were concerned about safety, Senator Marty says they would require a doctor for the administration of viagra, which has five times as many deaths per thousand than RU-486. Bill supporter Senator Gretchen Hoffman (R- Vergas) says without a doctor in the room, nurses face increased liability. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.