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On May 29, 2019, Gender Justice, in partnership with the Lawyering Project, filed a complaint in the Second Judicial District of Minnesota on behalf two healthcare providers, the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, and Our Justice. The lawsuit challenges multiple restrictions on abortion that serve no medical purpose on the grounds that they violate the Minnesota State Constitution.

Deciding whether or when to become a parent is about freedom and control over our lives at our most basic level: our bodies, our families, our life’s path. Minnesotans respect each other’s rights, freedoms, and the independence to make our own decisions without the state government or politicians trying to sway us one way or the other.

Among the abortion restrictions challenged in the lawsuit are those that:

  • Require doctors to read a script containing irrelevant and medically inaccurate statements to patients

  • Prevent trained nurse midwives and nurse practitioners from providing early abortion care

  • Mandate a medically-unnecessary extra appointment and waiting period

  • Mandate that young people notify both parents (with extremely narrow exceptions) before seeking an abortion

“The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis has a long history of supporting reproductive health, rights and justice. We affirm that Minnesotans should be able to make their own personal health care decisions without shame and stigma - which these laws only make worse. As people of faith and Unitarian Universalists, we know that people who experience abortion and miscarriage need our compassion, trust, and support, and we are on their side.” 

- Rev. Kelli Clement, Social Justice Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

The 1995 the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in Doe v. Gomez that our state constitution protects not only Minnesotans’ right to have an abortion, but also the right to decide to have an abortion without government interference or bias. Over time, however, abortion opponents have succeeded in chipping away at these rights, violating both the spirit and the letter of the law.

The decisions around planning for our families is intimate and radiates through every facet of our lives – from obtaining education, leaving unhealthy relationships, growing in the workplace, finding economic security, and more.

We know too well that women and people who can get pregnant can never be equal in society without bodily autonomy and the ability to decide if, when, and how to become a parent.

As attacks on access to safe, legal, essential reproductive health care sweep through many other states across the country, now is the time to respect our state constitution, respect women and equality, and protect all of our rights and freedoms.

Doe v. state of Minnesota in the news

With this case we can pave a new path forward for abortion rights by getting these laws off the books once and for all.

Help us protect and advance abortion rights in our state.

Learn about the current laws and tell your friends, family, and colleagues about them as well. The Minnesota Constitution and Supreme Court rulings guarantee and protect people’s right to decide to end a pregnancy and to get abortion care, without the government trying to sway you one way or another. In preparing for this lawsuit, we have found that most folks are unaware of the anti-abortion legislation in this state. You can help change that.

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