Sen. Hall responds to lawsuit targeting Minnesota’s commonsense abortion laws

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court challenging numerous abortion-related laws in Minnesota. The suit aims to overturn Minnesota’s Woman’s Right to Know law, parental notification law, and abortion reporting law, among others.

Following the lawsuit, Senator Dan Hall (R-Burnsville) released the following statement:

“As the father of 8, and grandfather to 14 beautiful children, I have always known that each life is unique, has value, and should be protected. In Minnesota, our protections on life have lasted because they are bi-partisan, common-sense, and reasonable. Unfortunately, this lawsuit signals an extreme step in the wrong direction, pushing us closer to states like Virginia and New York that want to increase abortions, rather than focusing on the health and safety of mothers and children. It is my hope that our new Attorney General will be steadfast in his defense of our laws while restraining for his own personal opinions. In my role as a Senator, I will do what I can to advocate for the preservation of these laws and other protections for those without a voice.”

The lawsuit was brought by two abortion practitioners and the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, who are represented by Gender Justice and The Lawyering Project. Among the Minnesota statutes, it seeks to strike down are the following:

  • Woman’s Right to Know, which ensures informed consent prior to an abortion;
  • Parental notification, which ensures that parents are notified before a minor undergoes abortion;
  • Abortion data reporting, which ensures that basic data about abortion in Minnesota is collected;
  • The physician-only requirement, which requires that people who perform abortions be doctors;
  • Fetal disposal law, which requires that the remains of aborted children be treated in a dignified manner
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