Lawsuit: Minn. taxpayers paid for 37,000 elective abortions

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Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group, filed a lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court Tuesday that claims Minnesota taxpayers paid for thousands of elective abortions, a violation of state law.

Government figures show 47,000 abortions for low-income women from 1999 through 2011 were publicly funded, but only 10,000 of those procedures were medically necessary, according the Associated Press.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of an African-American couple in Minnesota says a disproportionate number, 40 percent, of the abortions were performed on African-American women who makeup only five percent of the state's population.

“The critical taxpayer dollars of Minnesotans should not be used for medically unnecessary abortions, nor should such funding be used to take the lives of more African-American babies than other babies, " said lead counsel Chuck Shreffler in a news release.

The Associated Press reports the factual and legal claims are being reviewed by the Department of Human Services.

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