Democrats tried unsuccessfully today (Thurs) to strike a measure requiring abortion clinics in Minnesota be licensed, as the state Senate debated Republicans’ major health-and-human-services funding bill.  Ham Lake Republican Michelle Benson says that measure assures…

…”that abortion facilities in Minnesota are safe and licensed.”

But Wayzata Democrat Ann Johnson Stewart says because the bill puts no additional regulations on over a thousand other clinics providing comparable medical services other than abortion…

…”It is clear that it only serves to make it more difficult for Minnesotans to obtain abortion care.”

The measure will have a difficult time gaining approval of the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House.