on 10/15/19, New Republican House Caucus leader Rep. Steve Drazkowski and Rep. Tim Miller spoke in support of a limited intervention filing in the case of Doe v. Minnesota. (We wrote previously about it here). In a nutshell, the case, brought by Gender Justice and the Unitarian Society of Minnesota seeks to remove all legal restrictions, regulations, and data collection from providing Abortion in Minnesota. The plaintiffs hope to extend the decision in Doe v. Gomez, which asserted that if federal dollars could not be used to pay for abortions, Medicaid recipients should have them paid by the state. This new lawsuit would seek to remove all parental consent laws, woman's right to know laws, and any regulations that relate to abortion clinics or providers.
Yesterday a group of activists came forward to sue the State of Minnesota to force dramatic changes in laws regarding abortion.
A coalition of women's and abortion rights groups, along with the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, announced a lawsuit in St. Paul yesterday, challenging Minnesota's abortion laws as too restrictive. They specifically mentioned the 24-hour waiting period, parental notification in the case of minors seeking abortions, and mandatory counseling. They are looking to use the 1995 Doe v. Gomez case to try to provide a stronger basis for a right to an abortion.
These activists are trying to achieve through a lawsuit what they have not been able to get through elections, namely, the ability to kill a baby at any time, including right after birth. With staunch proponents of abortion in the Attorney General's and Governors' office, they believe they have an excellent opportunity to re-write Minnesota's abortion laws.