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Doe v. Minnesota (Minnesota)

(Minn. 2d Jud. Dist. No. 62-cv-19-3868)

Minnesota’s laws concerning abortion and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have become outdated. Enacted decades ago, many of these laws are out of step with contemporary medical practice and reflect antiquated views about gender and sexuality. In addition, they fail to honor the diverse religious traditions of Minnesota residents.

This case challenges the following Minnesota laws:

  • A law prohibiting qualified, advance-practice clinicians from providing abortion care;
  • Unnecessary hospitalization requirements for abortion patients;
  • Intrusive reporting laws requiring healthcare providers to turn over detailed, personal information about abortion patients to the State;
  • Laws requiring healthcare providers to give their patients biased and misleading information about pregnancy and abortion;
  • A mandatory waiting-period for abortion patients no matter their degree of certainty about their decision or how long it took them to reach an abortion provider in the first place;
  • A law requiring healthcare providers to bury or cremate fetal tissue resulting from an abortion or miscarriage regardless of their patients’ religious beliefs or personal preferences;
  • A law requiring teenagers to notify both of their parents before ending an unwanted pregnancy;
  • A law prohibiting healthcare providers from advertising that they treat STIs; and
  • Laws subjecting abortion providers to criminal penalties

These outdated laws harm Minnesotans in several ways.  First, they deny people seeking sexual and reproductive healthcare the benefits of scientific progress, forcing their healthcare providers to ignore scientific advancements and practice medicine in accordance with obsolete standards.  Second, they discriminate against women and religious minorities, denying them equal respect under the law.  Third, they impose burdensome and unnecessary restrictions on healthcare providers, increasing the cost and decreasing the availability of sexual and reproductive healthcare in Minnesota.

Plaintiffs:

Defendants:

State of Minnesota; Governor of Minnesota; Attorney General of Minnesota; Minnesota Commissioner of Health; Minnesota Board of Medical Practice; and Minnesota Board of Nursing

Co-counsel:

Timeline and Key Documents:

May 29, 2019

Plaintiffs file Complaint

July 30, 2019

Plaintiffs file First Amended Complaint

September 25, 2019

State files Motion to Dismiss 

November 25, 2019

Anti-abortion groups file Motion to Intervene

January 28, 2020

Court denies Motion to Intervene

February 20, 2020

Putative intervenors file an appeal

June 25, 2020

Court denies Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

July 29, 2020

Minnesota Senate files Motion to Intervene

November 2, 2020

Court denies Motion to Intervene

Related Media

November 2, 2020

Press Release: Victory: Court Denies Senate’s Politically Motivated  Request to Join Legal Challenge to Minnesota Abortion Restrictions

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