Our Justice Takes Another Bold Step for Reproductive Freedom
IN 1977 WE LAUNCHED THE HERSEY FUND FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE HYDE AMENDMENT.
IN 1995 WE JOINED AS A PLAINTIFF IN DOE v. GOMEZ, THE CASE THAT RECOGNIZED THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION UNDER THE MINNESOTA CONSTITUTION.
AND TODAY OUR JUSTICE JOINS DOE V. MINNESOTA - THE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING MINNESOTA'S ABORTION RESTRICTIONS.
“We made the decision to join this lawsuit because it was imperative for us as a Reproductive Justice organization, led primarily by women and femmes of color, to take a proactive stance to ensure that people are able to get the care they need without unnecessary obstacles. This is especially important in a political climate where many states are being forced to defend their right to abortion access.”
- Shayla Walker, Our Justice Board Co-Chair
The Doe v. Minnesota filing challenges a set of abortion restrictions that are unnecessarily burdensome and based on outdated medical principles, including laws that:
Require doctors to provide medically irrelevant information to patients;
Ban physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives from prescribing medication abortion and providing early abortion care;
Require young people to notify both of their parents of their desire to seek abortion care.
As a volunteer-run organization that funds abortions for people seeking care in Minnesota, we see every day how these laws act as barriers to urgently needed care. Through our Abortion Assistance Fund, we serve Minnesotans who are directly affected by these harmful and unnecessary laws—many of whom are already navigating challenges like homelessness, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, undocumented immigration status, or are young people with unsupportive or absent parents.
We cannot stand by while our clients continue to be put in danger by these laws.
You can read all of the laws we are challenging here. In this lawsuit, Our Justice joins plaintiffs First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and two health care providers. We are represented by the Lawyering Project and Gender Justice.