This lawsuit targets laws such as a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, a mandate for parental notification for women under the age of 18, and a provision that mandates fetal remains be buried or cremated.
The three plaintiffs filed the complaints against Governor Tim Walz, Attorney General Kieth Ellison, Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Governor Walz has said in the past that he favors the status quo of abortion rights in Minnesota. Attorney General Keith Ellison is also a strong supporter of abortion rights and has gone as far as to fight the Trump Administration on their new policies with Title X that distribute family planning funds to our nations leading abortion providers.
Speaker Kurt Daudt (R- Crown) responded to the lawsuit’s target of Keith Ellison saying that Elliosn has to put “his personal ideology aside and defend the laws of our state — we will be watching closely to make sure his office mounts a credible defense against this outrageous attack on Minnesota.
This lawsuit comes after a wave of pro life victories in states such as Georgia and Alabama. Minnesota has been consistently moving the other direction as tax-funded abortions in the state have hit an all time high. However, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, Minnesota still has its own state supreme court case, Doe v. Gomez, that would allow abortion to remain legal.
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