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Minn. agency asks judge to throw out unlawful abortion suit


Minnesota's Department of Human Services is asking a Ramsey County judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging Minnesota tax payers paid for thousands of elective abortions, the Associated Press reports.

The lawsuit filed by a conservative legal group, Alliance Defending Freedom, claims DHS violated state law by funding 37,000 abortions that weren't medically necessary.

In response, the agency says it is legally barred from prying into discussions between a woman and her doctor over the reason for seeking an abortion. DHS also acknowledges that only procedures deemed medically necessary for women on public assistance are funded.

A hearing is scheduled before Judge Kathleen Gearin on Feb. 28.

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