Minnesota joins lawsuit over Trump abortion restrictions

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with lawmakers about border security, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Washington. Photo: AP/ Manuel Balce Ceneta
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House after meeting with lawmakers about border security, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Washington.

March 05, 2019 12:48 PM

Minnesota has joined with 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's restrictions on federal family planning funds.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Oregon. It claims the restrictions are illegal and unconstitutional.

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Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement Tuesday that the affected programs, including Planned Parenthood and the St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department, served more than 55,000 Minnesotans in 2017. They got $2.2 million in federal money last year and $3.2 million in 2017 to provide family planning and preventive health care to low-income individuals.

The Trump administration's restrictions bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, and from being housed in the same place as abortion providers. Planned Parenthood says complying would be all but impossible.
 

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