ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/KTTC) -- A judge has declared many of Minnesota’s restrictions on abortion unconstitutional.
On Monday, Ramsey County Judge Thomas Gilligan made the following ruling on abortion restrictions:
- Struck down Minnesota’s requirements that only physicians can perform abortions.
- Ends a provision that abortions after the first trimester must be performed in hospitals.
- Ends the requirement that minor patients notify both parents before getting an abortion.
The Minnesota Catholic Conference also weighed in on the decision. A statement was sent to KTTC saying:
“The recent ruling in the Doe v. Minnesota case is disappointing. This decision by a solitary judge to strike down vital safeguards such as the parental notification and the 24-hour waiting period puts the health and safety of pregnant mothers who are seeking an abortion at greater risk. Women deserve better and to be equipped with knowledge about their growing baby and the procedure. We expect Minnesota’s attorney general to do his duty to defend these and other safeguards that have been passed with bipartisan support through the legislative process.”