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Minnesota | In the News

Laws Criminalizing Pregnancy 'Subsume Women's Rights' to Those Granted to Fetuses, Columnist Writes
At both the state and federal level, courts are "impos[ing] additional punishments on women by dint of the fact they were pregnant" when their actions occurred, Daily Beast columnist Emily Shire writes.

Minn. Company Granted Injunction Against Contraceptive Coverage; State Lawmaker Plans Legislative Response
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a Minnesota car dealership does not have to comply with the federal contraceptive coverage rules being implemented under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) because of the owner's religious objections to certain contraceptives, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Minn. Company Granted Injunction Against Contraceptive Coverage Rules
A U.S. District Court has granted a Minnesota manufacturing company a permanent injunction from the federal contraceptive coverage rules being implemented under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) because of the owner's religious objections to birth control, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

States Restrict Telemedicine Abortion Services, Despite Safety, Other Benefits
While medication abortion can be administered safely and cost effectively via telemedicine, the method is "widely unavailable" in most of the U.S., according to The Atlantic.

Planned Parenthood Launches Video Service for Contraceptive Consultations
Planned Parenthood recently launched an online service that allows Minnesota and Washington residents to receive contraceptives after a video appointment with a health care provider, the Huffington Post reports.

More States Protecting Pregnant Workers Through Legislation
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) on Tuesday is expected to sign a bill (SB 212) that would bolster accommodations for pregnant workers, making Delaware the most recent on a growing list of states and localities to increase workplace protections during pregnancy, Brigid Schulte writes in the Washington Post's "She The People."

State Lawmakers Mobilize To Protect Contraceptive Access After Hobby Lobby
State lawmakers are working to protect women's access to contraception in response to the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling, which allows some for-profit companies to exclude contraceptive coverage from their employer-sponsored health plans based on their owners' religious objections, Politico Pro reports.

Featured Blog
"Minnesota Law Protects Incarcerated Pregnant Women From Shackling, Provides Doulas," (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 7/8).

Minn. Gov. Expected To Sign Parental Leave, Workplace Protections Bill
The Minnesota Senate on Thursday approved a bill (HF 2536) that would expand parental leave and improve workplace protections for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the AP/San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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.

Minn. House Passes Health Exchange Bill Without Additional Abortion-Coverage Restrictions
The Minnesota House on Friday approved a bill (HF 5) for establishing its health insurance exchange that does not include a provision barring health plans from offering abortion coverage, Kaiser Health News' "Capsules" reports.

States in 2012 Passed Second-Highest Number of Abortion Restrictions Ever, Guttmacher Finds
States passed 43 abortion restrictions in 2012, a "sharp decrease" from 2011 but nonetheless the "second-highest number" enacted in a single year, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Minn. Requests Dismissal of Lawsuit Alleging Unlawful Abortion Funding
The Minnesota Department of Human Services on Tuesday requested dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the state unlawfully used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions for low-income women, the AP/St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Antiabortion Group's Suit Claims Minn. Unlawfully Funded Abortions
An antiabortion-rights group in Minnesota on Tuesday filed a lawsuit alleging that the state used public funds to pay for more than 37,000 abortions that did not qualify for coverage under state laws, the AP/Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Antiabortion Crisis Pregnancy Center To Open Across From Minn. Abortion Clinic
Abortion-rights opponents recently received approval to build a crisis pregnancy center in Duluth, Minn., across from the area's only abortion provider, the Women's Health Center, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports.

Minn. Gov. Dayton Vetoes Medication Abortion Restrictions
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Monday vetoed a bill (SF 2128) that would have required doctors to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's "Hot Dish Politics" reports.

Minn. House Passes Medication Abortion Restrictions
The Minnesota House on Thursday voted 76-47 to approve a bill (SF 2128) that would require doctors to be physically present when prescribing medication abortion drugs, as well as when the woman takes the medication, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Minn. Gov. Dayton Vetoes Bill Requiring Abortion Clinic Inspections, Licenses
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill (SF 1921) that would have mandated licensing of abortion clinics, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Minn. Senate Approves Abortion Clinic Inspections
A Minnesota Senate measure (SF 1921) approved by a 43-23 vote would require clinics that perform at least 10 abortions monthly to pay an annual licensing fee of $3,712, AP/NECN reports.

Minn. House Approves Medication Abortion Restrictions
Minnesota House lawmakers on Wednesday voted 80-48 to approve a bill (SF 2128) that would require doctors to be physically present when administering medication abortion drugs, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Minn. Bill Would Apply Contraceptive Coverage Rules to 'Grandfathered' Plans
Minnesota Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL) last week introduced a bill (HF 2737) that would apply the new federal contraceptive coverage rules to certain employer-sponsored health plans that otherwise would not have to comply, the St. Cloud Times reports.

Minn. Bills Would Require Clinic Inspections, Restrict Medication Abortion Access
The Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Monday voted to advance two measures that would place new restrictions on abortion clinics and providers, MPR News reports.

Minn. Bill Seeks Parental Consent for Minors' Birth Control, Other Care
A Minnesota Senate bill (SF 1017) would require parental consent before minors can obtain care related to contraceptives, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and drug or alcohol abuse, unless the health condition is life-threatening, the AP/San Francisco Examiner reports.

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.