Minnesota House backs abortion rights after HHS chief visits

16 days ago Minnesota Lawyer

Tim Walz and Democratic legislative leaders at a news conference a few hours before the Minnesota House passed a fast-tracked bill to codify abortion rights into state statues by a vote of 69-65. Abortion rights in Minnesota are already broadly protected under a 1995 state Supreme Court ruling that declared they’re protected under the state constitution. “It is not just an abortion bill,” Democratic Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn, of Eden Prairie, said at the start of a debate expected to last into the evening. This is a secondary level of protection to the constitutional freedoms we currently enjoy.”But Republican Rep. Jim Nash, of Waconia, called it “the most extreme abortion bill in the entire U.S. Democratic leaders credit the potency of the abortion rights issue with their takeover of the Minnesota Senate in the November elections.
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