Walker v. Jesson

Demand in state court for declaratory and injunctive relief against the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), accusing DHS of using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions for indigent women. In Minnesota, public funds may be expended to cover therapeutic abortions for indigent women; Plaintiffs alleged that non-therapeutic procedures have been covered, as well. Plaintiffs requested that the court enjoin all public coverage of abortions until the state can demonstrate that only therapeutic abortions will be covered and then to only allow a narrow subset of circumstances to qualify as “therapeutic.” On May 2, 2013, the state district court dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning that the case cannot be re-filed. Plaintiffs appealed the decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. On May 5, 2014, the state Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s dismissal. Plaintiffs petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the case. Final Outcome: On August 5, 2014, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied Plaintiffs’ appeal, and the state continues to cover therapeutic abortion care for indigent women. (See the dismissal order here. See the Court of Appeals opinion here. Read more about the case here.)