Political Or Health Motivation For Abortion bill? By Michael McIntee | March 21, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on MN House Subscribe to MN House Follow this author Politics or health? Click photo and hear why Rep. Mary Liz Holberg wants to license abortion clinics Politics or health? Click photo and hear why Rep. Mary Liz Holberg wants to license abortion clinicsRepresentative Ryan Winkler says it appears the motivation to license abortion clinics is more political than health related since Minnesota does not license clinics that perform other outpatient procedures. Bill author Representative Mary Liz Holberg says regulating the safety of all outpatient procedures wasn’t her interest. Her bill was inspired by reports of a dirty abortion clinic in Pennsylvania. A Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Jim Koppel said Minnesota licenses the doctors, not the clinics and inspections are done by the Board of Medical Practice, not the state. The House Government Operations Committee approved the bill and sent it to the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.