Lawmakers concluded a nine-year debate Monday when the Minnesota Senate passed a bill requiring women to wait 24 hours after consulting with a doctor before getting an abortion. The governor almost immediately signed the bill into law.
The governor’s quick signature � four hours after passage � was the final triumph in a day of victories for Minnesota’s anti-abortion lawmakers and lobbyists.
Getting the bill passed into law has been their first priority for nearly a decade. With the new law in place, Minnesota doctors will have to tell women specific information about the risks of and alternatives to abortion 24 hours before performing the procedure, starting July 1.