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A mother and foster parent from McGregor, Minnesota, sued under the Minnesota Human Rights Act in 2019 after a pharmacist said he couldn’t fill her prescription for the “morning after" pill Ella because of his religious beliefs. However, the jury found the longtime pharmacist liable for $25,000 in emotional damages. Legal advocacy nonprofit Gender Justice said it will file for an appeal in the case.
The two candidates in the Republican primary for attorney general are political newcomer Jim Schultz and 2018 candidate Doug Wardlow. Incumbent Keith Ellison is the likely DFL nominee.
Plans moving forward to put constitutional amendment before voters in 2024 to preserve access to abortion in the state. Two previous statewide elections, in 2006 and 2008, rejected legislative efforts to ban abortion in most cases.
Abortion pill reversal, a controversial and harmful practice intended to ‘reverse’ an abortion halfway through, is still being advertised by Rochester's First Care Pregnancy Center and other Minnesota anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. First Care Pregnancy Center does not receive state funds, but five centers that promote the practice do.

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Traverse County Attorney Matthew Franzese is petitioning Ramsey County District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan to intervene in a case that ended Minnesota abortion restrictions, including a 24-hour wait period. Attorney General Keith Ellison, who was defending the state’s laws in that case, announced last week he would not appeal the ruling.
Abria Pregnancy Resources is not a political organization, and its centers in St. Paul and Minneapolis “provide a positive alternative to abortion,” officials said.
A St. Paul district court judge earlier this month said state restrictions on abortion were unconstitutional and blocked their enforcement. Attorney General Keith Ellison said he wouldn't appeal the ruling.
As states grapple with the future of abortion in the U.S., Michigan, California, and Vermont could become the first states to let voters decide whether the right to abortion should be written into the state constitution.
The event was intended as an action in peaceful civil disobedience, and Omar’s office announced shortly ahead of the event that “these types of protests have led to arrests of lawmakers in the past.”
Peggy Flanagan condemned lieutenant governor candidate Matt Birk’s statements at an anti-abortion group’s gathering in Georgia following the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24. Birk and running mate Scott Jensen called the news conference a distraction from issues like cost of living and crime.

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The march comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to access an abortion and days after a state district court blocked several restrictions on abortion in Minnesota.
In addition to the recent ban on telehealth administration of the medication, legislators in the state may soon target providers outside the state mailing the medication into South Dakota. The ensuing legal fight is one of many uncertainties to be sorted out by the courts.
Abortion-related legislation planned for the special session will instead be introduced during the regular legislative session early next year, the governor said in a joint statement released Friday afternoon.

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