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Ellison says Minnesota will protect abortion seekers out of state if Roe v. wade turned

As the US Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, Minnesota’s attorney general says women traveling to the state seeking abortions will be protected from lawsuits and prosecution.

Addressing reporters in St. Paul, Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday he would intervene in the action of states where abortion is illegal in Minnesota against anyone seeking an abortion. While no state currently has an abortion travel ban on the books, lawmakers in states with restrictive abortion laws have imposed such restrictions. Already, Texas abortion law that bans the procedure after the sixth week of pregnancy allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and individuals who perform abortions.

“Nobody who travels from another state to legally have an abortion in Minnesota will not be prosecuted,” he said. “I will oppose extradition requests from other states for people engaging in legal conduct in Minnesota.”

With the Supreme Court ruling on abortion this week, the attorney general, Planned Parenthood North Central States President and CEO Sarah Stowes as well as Hamline-Mitchell College of Law professor Michael Steenson gave a brief about a post-row Might look like Minnesota offered.

If the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, the question of the legality of abortion would be returned to states whose policies on the practice differ widely, Steinson explained. Minnesota is surrounded by states with more restrictive abortion laws and stands out to be a regional destination for abortion. Stoes said Planned Parenthood in Minnesota expects a 10% to 25% increase in patients when abortions are banned in surrounding states.

“The faster we’re moving, the better we’ve been able to make appointments available to everyone,” Stoes said. “Of course, health care and staffing in general is a major challenge for all employers.”

The future of US abortion rights is in question as the Supreme Court, with a 6-3 conservative majority, took up a case over the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on abortions in the last 15 weeks of pregnancy. A draft opinion piece written by Justice Samuel Alito, leaked in May, shows the court was on the state’s side, overturning a 50-year judicial precedent protecting abortion rights at the federal level.

In anticipation of the high court’s decision, Planned Parenthood said it has stopped performing abortions in South Dakota, where a so-called trigger law would make the procedure illegal if federal protections expire. In North Dakota, providers will have one month to finish the procedures before the state law banning abortions goes into effect. Wisconsin also has a ban on abortion that would take effect if the row were to be reversed.

Iowa’s Supreme Court overturned its precedent protecting abortion rights last week, paving the way for the state’s Republican governor and Republican-controlled legislature to pass restrictive legislation to decide whether to go ahead with the ban or outright ban. done.

Even if federal abortion protections are terminated, abortion rights in Minnesota still exist in accordance with the 1995 state Supreme Court decision Doe v. Under Gomez are safe. Stoes said that Planned Parenthood began expanding its capacity in Minnesota several years ago, taking into account the conditions in the field and the potential threat to Roe.

“If federal protections fall through, it’s up to us to make sure we’re good neighbors to those around us and that we’re able to welcome women into our state to get the care they need.” he said.

In addition to its pledge to protect abortion seekers in Minnesota, Ellison’s office has also issued new guidance to abortion providers on the potential post-row legal landscape.

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