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Minnesota | In the News

Confusion Over N.D. Abortion Restrictions Likely Driving Women to Other States
The number of abortions at North Dakota's sole abortion clinic has dropped by nearly 15% over the past year, which the facility's director attributes in part to confusion over new abortion restrictions in the state, the AP/ABC News reports.

Featured Blogs
"Crisis Pregnancy Center Attacks College Student for Criticizing Its Tactics: 'Put on Your Big Girl Panties'" (Culp-Ressler, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 12/9).

Law Pitting 'Fetal Protections' Against Pregnant Women's Rights Faces First Federal Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed this month is the first test in federal court for a 1998 Wisconsin law (Act 292) allowing child-welfare officials to forcibly confine pregnant women who allegedly use illegal drugs or alcohol "to a severe degree" and refuse to accept treatment, the New York Times reports.

Minn. Judge Dismisses Suit Claiming State Illegally Covered Abortion Costs
A Minnesota judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged the state incorrectly used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions for low-income women who did not qualify for abortion coverage under state laws, the AP/Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Minn. House Approves Fees, Inspections for Abortion Clinics
The Minnesota House on Monday voted 71-62 to pass an amendment that would require abortion clinics to pay annual licensing fees and undergo state inspections, the AP/Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Minnesota | In the Courts

This section provides a brief overview of significant cases impacting reproductive rights and health in Minnesota.

Walker v. Jesson
Demand for declaratory and injunctive relief against the state Department of Human Services (DHS), accusing DHS of using public funds to pay for non-therapeutic abortions for indigent women.

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