Walz issues executive order directing state not to aid prosecution of abortion seekers

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The Pioneer Press’ Dave Orrick wrote: “A day following the U.S. The Supreme Court ruled that abortions can be outlawed in states. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz took steps to secure the state’s legal status as an island that allows abortion and welcomes residents from outside of the state. Walz signed Saturday’s executive order directing state agencies to not aid other states agencies if they attempt to prosecute residents who travel to Minnesota for abortions or to assist in legal abortions. Because all states are subject under federal and constitutional law to some degree of cooperation, it’s not clear how far this cross-state snubbing could be.

According to a Star Tribune report, four people were hurt Saturday night after several shots were fired at a crowd near the Stone Arch Bridge, which is across the river from downtown Minneapolis. Police said . Minneapolis police spokesperson stated that officers arrived at the scene around 11 p.m. to find a chaotic scene on Main Street SE. There was also a large group of people fighting. The police spokesperson said that the event was not scheduled or an official one. Four people sustained gunshot wounds, according to police. A 30-year-old man was injured in the head by a gunshot. A 19-year old woman and a 19 year-old man were both injured but not seriously.

Jeffrey Meidrodt reports on the Star Tribune. “Fifty-years ago, when gay rights activists organized a Pride parade in Minneapolis — only 50 people showed up — half of them remained in Loring Park in order to bail out others if they were arrested for marching. On Sunday, more than 100,000 people packed Hennepin Avenue in celebration of the 50th anniversary. The crowd was welcomed by many of Minnesota’s biggest employers and a group Democratic heavyweights, who appealed for political action to address recent threats to the lesbian, gays, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Dana Thiede reports to KARE 11. Monday marks the start of Jamal Smith’s highly anticipated trial. Smith is being charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of Jay Boughton, a youth baseball coach. This occurred on July 6, 2021. According to investigators, Smith fired on Boughton after a brief traffic dispute when their vehicles were rolled down the highway in Plymouth. Boughton was hit in the head and succumbed to his injuries in front of his 15 year-old son.

FOX9 reports: ” An ex-police officer from Minneapolis, Mohamed Noor will be released from prison Monday. He has served just over three years in prison for the death 911 caller Justine Damond Ruszczyk. Justine Ruszczyk Damond was killed by Noor in July 2017. She had called police to report a possible sex assault at her home. Noor shot his partner across the face of Damond, killing the Australian woman, 40, as he approached them in an alleyway close to her home. Noor stated that he feared an ambush during his trial. He was initially convicted in the first instance of third-degree murder in Damond’s suicide and second-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced to more than 12 years imprisonment.

This is Rachanapradhan from NPR. Advocates and doctors for abortion rights say that Minnesotan patients often wait more than two weeks to see a state clinic — which could cause people to miss the window where an abortion is possible. “Even though they have been working with clinics and abortion funds here, they are sending people out of Minnesota to other states because it isn’t enough appointments,” said Megan Peterson. This delay could push people past the window when an abortion is available. She said that states such as Minnesota are not prepared for the influx of abortion bans.

Erin Adler also wrote in the Star Tribune: “Sherrie Wilson and Sandy Wilson moved from Chicago to be near their Cottage Grove family last year. Although they weren’t ready for the hypercompetitive real-estate market, they wanted four walls. The Wilsons sold their large, single-family house and leased a 1,500-square foot house in Canvas at Woodbury. This is a new neighborhood of single-family rentals with a modern farmhouse flair. These are part of a growing trend in suburban development in the metropolitan area and national trend for high-end lease-only communities offering rent payments up to $4500 and other luxurious amenities.

An AP article says that A fundraising campaign to support North Dakota’s only abortion clinic moving to Minnesota has raised over half a million dollars in just two days. Red River Women’s Clinic, Fargo, will be closed in 30 days due to the state’s trigger legislation that took effect Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the constitutional right of abortion. Tammi Kromenaker (owner and operator of the independent clinic) stated Saturday that she had secured a location in Moorhead across the river. However, she said earlier that she wasn’t sure how she would finance the move. As of Saturday afternoon, a GoFundMe page was set up to help the transition. It had received over $515,000 in donations from more than 6000 donors. The original goal was $20,000

For ABC News Sophie Tatum says, “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem stated Sunday that women shouldn’t be prosecuted for seeking an abortion after the Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade. This ruling allowed South Dakota state-level abortion bans to take effect. Republican Noem celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision that there is no Constitutional guarantee to abortion accessibility. But she said to Martha Raddatz, “I don’t believe that women should ever face prosecution.” I don’t think mothers in such a situation should ever be prosecuted. Doctors who knowingly break the law should be prosecuted.

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