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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Minnesota’s laws concerning abortion and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have become outdated.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.

On July 11, 2022, the District Court permanently blocked many of these laws, including:

  • a ban on qualified advance-practice clinicians providing abortion care;
  • a requirement forcing patients to delay their abortion care by at least 24 hours after consulting with a healthcare provider;
  • a requirement that young people notify both parents before they can receive abortion care;
  •  a requirement forcing abortion providers to give irrelevant and misleading information to their patients;
  • a ban on the provision of  second-trimester abortion care outside of hosptials; and
  • regulations that subject abortion providers to felony criminal penalties for minor regulatory infractions.

The court held that the Minnesota Constitution protects not just a fundamental right to choose abortion, but also a fundamental right to access abortion care.  The Honorable Thomas A Gilligan said:  “The right to choose to have an abortion . . . would be meaningless without the right to access abortion care.”

Plaintiffs:

Dr. Jane Doe; Mary Moe; Our Justice

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

October 12, 2020

Court of Appeals affirms District Court’s Denial of anti-abortion groups’ Motion to Intervene

December 29, 2020

Supreme Court denies anti-abortion groups’ Petition for Review

November 22, 2021

District Court denies in part and grants in part Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment I

June 21, 2022

District Court orders the voluntary dismissal of Plaintiff First Unitarian Society pursuant to the parties’ stipulation

July 11, 2022

District Court grants in part and denies in part Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment II & III

August 4, 2022

Traverse County Attorney files Motion to Intervene

September 6, 2022

District Court denies Traverse County Attorney’s Motion to Intervene

September 9, 2022

Traverse County Attorney files Notice of Appeal

September 12, 2022

Anti-abortion group Mothers Offering Maternal Support files Motion to Intervene

Related Media

July 11, 2022

Press Release: In a Huge Victory for Abortion Rights in Minnesota, District Court Reaffirms State Constitutional Protections for Abortion and Permanently Blocks Numerous Restrictions

May 24, 2022

Press Release: Religious Congregation Decides to Leave Abortion Rights Lawsuit After Appellate Court Delays Case

April 4, 2022

Press Release: Positive Step in Abortion Rights Litigation:  Judge Allows Case Challenging Minnesota Abortion Restrictions to Proceed

November 2, 2020

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

Visit UnrestrictMN.org to learn more about Minnesota’s abortion laws.