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Associated Press, Published February 27 2012

Minn. Senate panel passes 2 abortion bills

ST. PAUL — A state Senate committee has approved two abortion bills backed by Minnesota's largest anti-abortion organization.

One bill would require a new license and inspections for any clinic that performs 10 or more abortions a month. The other would require a doctor's presence when an abortion-inducing drug such as RU-486 is administered. Anyone violating the law would be guilty of a felony.

The Star Tribune reports both bills are backed by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.

Jordan Harris of MCCL says the RU-486 bill is aimed at "webcam abortions" in which the doctor participates via video conference.

Abortion rights supports contend the bill would set up another barrier for women seeking an abortion.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee sent the bills Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.