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Several abortion restrictions ruled unconstitutional by Minnesota district court

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A state district court ruled on Monday that several of Minnesota’s abortion restrictions violate the state constitution.

The court permanently banned the state’s 24-hour waiting period that requires patients to delay their abortion care after consulting with a healthcare provider.

The ruling rids of the requirement that young people notify both parents before they can receive abortion care and the disclosure of certain information before most abortions.

Bans on qualified advanced-practice clinicians providing abortion care and on the provision of second-trimester abortion care outside of hospitals are lifted as well as regulations that subject abortion providers to felony criminal penalties for regulatory infractions.

The court ruled that these abortion laws violated the right to privacy under the Minnesota Consitution. It also ruled the informed consent law violates the right to free speech because it is “misleading and confusing.”

“In light of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, every piece of red tape matters for Minnesotans and people traveling to Minnesota for abortion care,” said Shayla Walker, Executive Director of Our Justice, a plaintiff in the case. “Today’s ruling is an important step toward making abortion accessible to everyone who needs it.”

Source: CBS Minnesota

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