Judge who voided Minnesota abortion limits blocks appeal bid
September 8, 2022
A Ramsey County judge who struck down key restrictions on abortion in Minnesota has rejected a bid by a western Minnesota county prosecutor who hopes to appeal the ruling.
Ramsey County District Judge Thomas Gilligan ruled Tuesday night that Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese is not entitled to intervene in the case. Franzese had hoped to pursue an appeal after Attorney General Keith Ellison declined to challenge Gilligan's previous ruling that Minnesota's restrictions were unconstitutional.
Earlier in July, Gilligan threw out a series of laws enacted over the years, including a mandatory 24-hour waiting period, a requirement that both parents be notified before a minor can get an abortion and a rule that only physicians can perform abortions. His ruling reinforced Minnesota's status as an island of legal abortion in the Upper Midwest after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.