ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says he’ll defend state laws restricting abortion against a legal challenge despite his strong personal support for abortion rights.

Ellison told a forum in Fergus Falls last week his job is to defend Minnesota’s laws regardless of his personal opinions.

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The Star Tribune reports his comments marked the Democratic attorney general’s most definitive statement on the lawsuit since it was filed last month.

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The lawsuit, brought by advocacy groups Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, seeks to overturn the state’s 24-hour waiting period, two-parent notification requirements for patients under 18, a mandate that fetal remains be buried or cremated, and a requirement that all abortions be performed by a physician

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life spokesman Paul Stark welcomed Ellison’s commitment to defend the laws.

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