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District court rules many Minnesota abortion restrictions unconstitutional


Erica Dischino, Star Tribune file

The ruling is the culmination of more than three years of litigation brought by abortion rights groups.

A district court judge has ruled many Minnesota laws restricting abortion access violate the state Constitution, a significant victory for abortion rights groups just weeks after the fall of Roe v. Wade.

The court on Monday blocked enforcement of a 24-hour waiting period for an abortion and two-parent notification for patients younger than 18, as well as an informed consent requirement. The ruling also found unconstitutional a mandate that only physicians can perform abortions, as well as a law requiring that abortions after the first trimester be performed in a hospital.

The court cited a 1995 state Supreme Court ruling that found access to abortion is a constitutional right.


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