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Abortion aborts budget debate

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ST. PAUL - Deep divisions over abortions delayed part of the Minnesota Senate's budget.

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party senators could not produce enough votes to turn back a proposal to ban all state-funded abortions Monday night, so the party's leaders pulled the health and human services budget provisions until they can round up enough votes to pass it. Many rural Democrats appear ready to join a majority of Republicans and vote against abortions.


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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.