Activists Sue to Overturn Every Pro-Life Law in Minnesota, Would Allow Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 2, 2019   |   9:53PM   |   St. Paul, Minnesota

Abortion activists filed a lawsuit recently that could force Minnesota to allow unrestricted abortion on demand, including for young girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

The lawsuit, filed by the pro-abortion groups Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, challenges more than a dozen state abortion laws, including a law requiring that parents be notified before their underage daughter has an abortion, a 24-hour waiting period and a requirement that aborted babies be cremated or buried, the Post Bulletin reports.

The pro-abortion groups claim the laws, some of the decades old, restrict women’s access to abortion. They also are challenging state informed consent laws, a requirement that doctors perform abortions, regulations that ensure abortion facilities are meeting basic health and safety standards and a requirement that abortion facilities report abortion data to the state.

On Wednesday, Ramsey County District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan heard arguments about whether the lawsuit should be dismissed, the AP reports.

Minnesota Solicitor General Liz Kramer is defending the law. She told the judge that the pro-abortion groups have not shown any real evidence that the laws are causing harm, according to the Post Bulletin.

“Here we have six different defendants, we have 13 statutes and four plaintiffs and they just haven’t connected the dots between injuries to each plaintiff and the 13 challenged statutes,” Kramer said.

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And Kramer said without those clear points where the laws had injured the plaintiffs, it didn’t make sense for the court to allow the case to advance.

“The proposition that the plaintiffs are asking the court to accept is that anyone with a really strong interest or passion in a big topic like abortion can come forward and challenge any statutes that touch on that topic,” Kramer said. “It would be akin to saying any environmental advocate could come and challenge all the environmental statutes on the books and that would be impractical for our court system.”

However, lawyer Amanda Allen with the Lawyering Project argued that the laws do cause harm by making it harder for abortion facilities to provide abortions and for women to access them.

The pro-abortion groups are challenging the laws at the state level, rather than in federal court, hoping for success based on the 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Doe v. Gomez, which ruled in favor of abortion on demand.

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State Rep. Tim Miller, a pro-life lawmaker from Prinsburg, expressed concerns about what could happen if the pro-abortion groups succeed, the AP reports.

“I am a life advocate, and I believe that this is moving us in a direction that we won’t even have a say in this, that there will be unrestricted abortions in the state of Minnesota through birth,” Miller said.

Already, the radical pro-abortion movement has succeeded in doing this in other states. In January, the New York legislature passed a law striking down basically all abortion regulations in the state and legalizing abortions up to birth. Illinois, Vermont and Rhode Island lawmakers passed similar laws this year, and the Massachusetts legislature currently is considering a bill that would do much the same.

Meanwhile, the abortion industry is challenging abortion regulations in at least a dozen other states, seeking to overturn even common-sense regulations such as abortion clinic inspections and parental consent laws.

The United States is one of only seven nations in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a fact confirmed by the liberal Washington Post. Roe v. Wade prohibits states from banning abortions prior to viability, and the billion-dollar abortion industry is working hard to keep it that way.