MINNEAPOLIS — Gov.
Tim Pawlenty on Monday signed a bill banning abortion after 20 week gestation in Minnesota.
The measure passed a House committee by voice vote on Monday, bringing to 20 the maximum number of weeks that women in Minnesota can have an abortion after their first prenatal visit.
Pregnant women can still have an appointment at any clinic.
The law also prohibits abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The bill also requires clinics to obtain a waiver from the state health department for any clinic that serves low-income residents and provides abortions, and it provides the waiver to clinics that perform abortions at least 50 percent of their medical appointments.
“We must take a hard look at what is the best way to ensure that every American has access to safe and legal reproductive health care services,” said Pawlenty, a Republican.
The legislation, which passed with support from both parties, also bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected in the first trimester.
The legislation also prohibits abortion after the fetus is no longer viable and requires clinics that offer abortions to have at least one ultrasound of the fetus before an abortion can be performed.
Women who need an abortion must show a doctor or nurse a doctor’s note or note from their abortion provider that the abortion was legal under the state’s law.
The law requires a waiver of a woman’s right to sue a clinic if the clinic violates the law.
Pawlentys office also has announced that the governor has signed a second bill that bans abortion after 21 weeks of pregnancy in Minnesota, but does not ban abortion after that point.
It takes effect July 1.