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Formed as the Minnesota Council for the Legal Termination of Pregnancy (MCLTP) and later known as Minnesota Organization for Repeal of Abortion Legislation (MORAL), the council devoted its efforts to reforming abortion legislation in Minnesota.
In 1967, the Council supported a bill to revise the existing abortion law in Minnesota. When the bill failed, the Council continued to lobby for abortion reform, fist for easing restrictions on abortions and then for removing all restrictions. It supported bills in 1969 and 1971, both of which failed to pass.
After the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision in Roe V Wade, the Council reexamined its goals and decided to concentrate on insuring that abortion and family planning information was available to the public.
The Council changed its name twice to better reflect current activities. In 1972, it became the Minnesota Organization for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. In 1973, reflection recent court decisions, the name was changed to the Abortion Rights Council of Minnesota.
The Council's officers during the period covered by the records were: Edward Trim, 1966-1967; Irene Hoebel, 1967-1970; Kay Taylor, 1970; Betty Benjamin, 1971-1973.
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