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St. Paul, MN – May 16, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed SF2849, which requires health care providers to offer patients the option of viewing an ultrasound prior to an abortion.

The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund.

“Governor Dayton stood up for patients today. We commend him for vetoing SF 2849, which is completely unnecessary since women already have the option to view an ultrasound prior to an abortion. This bill is also based on a fundamental distrust of patients to make thoughtful, informed medical decisions, and a distrust of doctors to provide them with complete information. Governor Dayton showed once again that he believes patients deserve their physicians’ best medical judgment and counsel, not unnecessary mandates dictated by politicians. This veto is yet another example of Governor Dayton’s leadership, putting the health and rights of all Minnesotans before politics.”

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Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.

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Ultrasound Bill (HF 3194 / SF 2849)

HF 3194/SF 2849 would require providers to offer patients the option of viewing an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Patients already have the right to view their ultrasound. That’s not what this bill is about. This bill is about legislating the conversation that takes place between a doctor and a patient – which sets a dangerous precedent. Doctors, not politicians, should determine the health care needs of patients.

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