Minn. Senate Approves Abortion Clinic Inspections

April 20, 2012 — A Minnesota Senate measure (SF 1921) approved by a 43-23 vote would require clinics that perform at least 10 abortions monthly to pay an annual licensing fee of $3,712, AP/NECN reports. The clinics also would be subject to random inspections by the state health commissioner up to two times per year.

Jim Koppel, Minnesota's deputy commissioner of health, noted that the Department of Health requires licenses for doctors and nurses but does not require a license for medical clinics. He said it is "unfair" to single out abortion clinics when "[t]here are many clinics where similar procedures take place all the time" (AP/NECN, 4/18).