Most Minnesotans have no idea what the abortion laws are in our state.
Get the facts about the abortion laws in Minnesota.
Anti-abortion lawmakers in our state have been quietly passing laws that restrict abortion access, intimidate providers and patients, and increase costs. Minnesotans have the right to know the current laws.
The Minnesota Constitution protects our right to have an abortion and the decision to have one. But most Minnesotans are not aware of how their rights are currently restricted and what access to abortion care looks like in our state. Deciding whether or when to become a parent is about freedom and control over our lives at our most basic level: our bodies, our families, our life’s path. We respect everyone’s right and freedom to access health care without politically motivated and medically unnecessary restrictions. Let’s remove politics from our health care.
Mandate doctors provide medically-irrelevant information to patientsMinnesota Abortion Law
Mandate an extra, medically unnecessary appointment for careMinnesota Abortion Law
Mandate minors notify both parents regardless of relationshipMinnesota Abortion Law
Mandate doctors provide detailed patient information to the stateMinnesota Abortion Law
Prevent advanced-practice clinicians from providing abortion careMinnesota Abortion Law
Mandate doctors talk about a man’s obligation to pay child supportMinnesota Abortion Law
Mandate fetal tissue be cremated or buried
Support The Patients’ Right to Know Act
Abortion care is the only healthcare that politicians have singled out in law for biased treatment. The Patients’ Right To Know Act would give healthcare providers in Minnesota the right to provide medically-accurate, evidence-based information to their patients without interference from lawmakers.
Current law mandates doctors read a script that includes medically-irrelevant and inaccurate information, like suggesting a false link between abortion and breast cancer, to patients before they receive care. Even if a doctor believes the information may cause harm to the patient, the doctor could lose their license and be subject to felony penalties if they do not follow the script. Doctors already counsel patients and obtain informed consent based on the risks and benefits of the treatment. Abortion is the only medical procedure about which lawmakers have mandated exactly what doctors must tell their patients.
The Patients’ Right To Know Act repeals current laws, and prohibits future laws, that require healthcare providers to give medically-inaccurate and/or irrelevant information to patients before they receive healthcare—including abortion care.
Please contact your lawmakers and ask them to support The Patients’ Right To Know Act.
It’s Time to UnRestrict Minnesota.
Minnesotans are justifiably proud of our state’s reputation and rich history as a leader on many social justice fronts but Minnesota still has work to do — particularly in the area of reproductive health, rights, and justice.
A recent poll showed that 96% of Minnesotans were unaware of the laws that restrict access to abortion. UnRestrict Minnesota is a community-based public awareness campaign that aims to educate Minnesotans about the current laws that restrict our rights and access to abortion care.
Join the millions of Minnesotans who agree everyone should have the power and ability to make healthy decisions about their own bodies, decide whether and when to become a parent, and raise healthy children in our communities if we decide to become parents.
What Minnesotans are saying…
Abortion is a health care access issue. I should not be restricted with waiting periods and misinformation.Sarah
A woman and all people have a right to bodily autonomy. Such laws set an unequal standard between men and women in medical care.Nicholas
Abortion is healthcare. Healthcare is a human right. Parenting (or not) is up to each person.Jourdan
Because every woman should have the choice. What’s right for one, may not be right for another.Anonymous
Bodily autonomy is a basic human right, and Minnesota’s abortion restrictions violate that right.Natalie – Minneapolis, MN
Everyone has the right to decide what they want to do with their own bodies. Abortion access is a racial and economic justice issue.Anonymous
Betcha didn’t know!
Less than 5% of Minnesota counties have clinics that provide abortion care. The majority of Minnesotans (65%) live outside of these counties.
Check out these state facts about abortion in Minnesota.
Betcha didn’t know!
If you’re under 18 and have made the decision to have an abortion, Minnesota state law mandates that you notify both parents.
If you cannot, you must plead your case before a judge. If the court deems you too “immature” to have an abortion, the state can force you to have a child.
Betcha didn’t know!
In Minnesota, it is a felony for a non-physician to perform an abortion.
In other states, like Colorado and Montana, a wider range of trained medical professionals (like nurses or midwives) can offer this care. Studies show it’s just as safe and increasing the number of people who can provide care means more access for everyone who needs it.
Meet our community partners.
A community of concerned citizens, advocates, health care providers, and lawyers have come together in a reproductive health, rights, and justice coalition to support every Minnesotan’s right to make their own decision about whether or when to be a parent, and educate our community on restrictions surrounding abortion care.
Learn more about each of our partner organizations, their missions, and how you can support their work.