On Thursday, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that he will not be appealing a district judge’s decision that certain Minnesota abortion restrictions were unconstitutional.
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This month, Ramsey County Judge Thomas Gilligan overturned many restrictions, including a 24-hour waiting time, a two-parent notification requirement for minors, and hospitalisation rules.
In response to Gilligan’s ruling, those who disagree with Ellison’s decision have pledged to investigate all available legal remedies.
Ellison stated in a statement that he does not think an appeal will be successful. He claimed that his agency had spent a lot of money and time defending laws that had been declared unlawful. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2019, and it named Governor Tim Walz and state authorities as defendants.
Ellison stated in the statement, “In my view, and in the perspective of my co-defendants, not appealing the district court’s decision in Doe v. Minnesota is in the public interest and is the appropriate legal decision.” “It is also the best option for Minnesota taxpayers and all Minnesotans who need the certainty that individuals may make intimate decisions about their own bodies without excessive intrusion from the state.”
Gender Justice’s legal director Jess Braverman, who first co-filed the case in 2019, expressed her delight. When it comes to seeking an abortion in Minnesota, “I think it is helpful for providers and patients to have some clarity on a knowledge of what laws, regulations, and norms apply.”
She went on to say that she was encouraged by the court’s decision because it showed that abortion should be recognised as the medical necessity that it is.
Braverman added that Gender Justice has been contacted by more persons interested in providing abortion care since the Gilligan ruling.
She stated, “People have been expressing that these restrictions make it difficult, or impossible, for them to offer [abortion services]. As a result of the court’s decision, they have expressed interest, which has us overjoyed.
Ellison’s decision to uphold the judge’s verdict was met with criticism from those who held opposing views on the abortion debate.
Paul Stark, communications director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, said, “The district court judgement was an extreme ruling that wiped down fairly common sense abortion laws in Minnesota” (MCCL). We also believe the Attorney General should have appealed the erroneous judgement and are dismayed that he has chosen not to.
According to Stark, the MCCL is exploring its legal options. Without providing specifics, Stark left open the possibility of seeking intervention from the federal courts.
Ellison said Thursday that there could be Further Legal Challenges down the Road.
“You requested to know if this was the final resolution, and I have just given it to you. If the parties or any of them wish to appeal, they would be able to seek intervention, Ellison added.
And we’ll see if they do or not; I have faith that someone, somewhere, just might. Nonetheless, I don’t think that will affect the results we get. The Supreme Court’s decision in Doe vs. Gomez in 1995 suggests that this interpretation of the law will be adopted by the Minnesota legislature.”
Ellison, a member of the DFL, is running for reelection this autumn. Republicans who oppose him have said he has handled the situation poorly.
Jim Schultz, a Republican running for attorney general, responded to the news by labelling it a “dereliction of duty.”
Schultz tweeted, “These bipartisan statutes are plainly constitutional and Minnesota deserves an attorney general who will stand up to activist judges.”
Ellison was Questioned about his Critics who Claim he Defended state Laws too Casually.
“I could have given up on defending these laws altogether three years ago if I hadn’t been so ardent in doing so. However, we did so because we feel, and I believe, that the Minnesota Attorney General’s office should defend Minnesota statutes “… he made the following statement.
“Look, I anticipate my opponents to do what politicians sometimes do in campaign season, but we’re focused on the law,” he said.