We made a public records request to the Minnesota Department of Health. Currently, the state does not license or inspect abortion facilities. There is new legislation that has passed in the House and now moves to the Senate.
A new licensure program, including inspections every two years, a $365 biennial license fee and a system for suspension or revocation is envisioned in HF812, sponsored by Rep. Debra Kiel (R-Crookston).
As amended, the House passed the bill 79-53. It now moves to the Senate, where Senate President Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) is the sponsor.
As of July 1, 2018, the commissioner of health would be responsible for issuing licenses to facilities where 10 or more elective abortions are performed monthly, not including separately licensed hospitals and outpatient surgical centers.
===============================================================See the current response from the Department of Health below:From: MN_MDH_HWS <Health.HWS@state.mn.us>
Date: May 11, 2018 at 12:47:21 CDT
To: Pamela Whitehead
Subject:RE: Abortion facilities inspections
Dear Ms. Whitehead,
The Minnesota Department of Health does not inspect abortion clinics.
Health Regulation Division| Licensing & Certification
Minnesota Department of Health