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Dayton vetoes abortion ultrasound legislation

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, April 12, 2018, outlines how he would like to end the legislative session in about five weeks. Don Davis / Forum News Service

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that requires doctors to give abortion patients the option to view the fetus' ultrasound.

In a Wednesday, May 16, letter to legislators Dayton said the Legislature should not tell doctors what to do.

"The bill interferes with the doctor-patient relationship, legislating the private conversations that occur about a legal medical procedure," Dayton wrote.

The Democratic governor said he agrees with medical organizations that opposed the bill written by the Republican-controlled House and Senate. He said medical providers already fully inform patients for any medical procedure.

Supporters of the bill, most Republicans and a few Democrats, said they were trying to give patients more information.

The bill did not require doctors to take an ultrasound, only requiring them to tell the patient that she can view it if one was taken.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.