2023 UnRestrict Minnesota Reproductive Freedom Legislative Agenda
Our champions of reproductive freedom in the Minnesota legislature made historic progress in the 2023 legislative session — enshrining in Minnesota law everyone’s right to make and act on their own decisions about the full range of their reproductive health care options (including abortion), instituting strong protections against legal attacks by out-of-state anti-abortion extremists for everyone who seeks, provides, or helps someone get abortion care in Minnesota, and repealing the vast majority of Minnesota’s restrictions on abortion care.
There is still much more work to be done in the 2024 legislative session to clear away the barriers to access and affordability that remain, even after the advances we have made, and we’ll post our specific priorities here soon. In the meantime, you can check out our Minnesota Beyond Roe agenda for a summary of our objectives, and read on to learn more about the laws passed in 2023.
New laws passed and enacted in 2023 include:
- The Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act — enshrining in Minnesota law every person’s right to make and act on the full spectrum of decisions available to them regarding their pregnancies and their reproductive health care, without government interference.
- The Reproductive Freedom Defense Act — protecting everyone who seeks, provides, or helps someone get abortion care in Minnesota from legal action and criminal prosecution by anti-abortion activists and politicians from out of state.
- Health and Finance Omnibus Legislation — repealing the vast majority of Minnesota’s unjust and unconstitutional anti-abortion restrictions (including a requirement that doctors deliver state-mandated anti-abortion propaganda, a mandatory 24-hour waiting period for patients seeking abortion care, and a measure that outlawed abortions performed by advanced-practice registered nurses and other trained, licensed, qualified providers), eliminating some of the most invasive requirements of a law that previously forced abortion providers to report to the state an exhaustive list of personal details about abortion patients, zeroing out the budget for a state program that previously funneled $3 million in taxpayer money annually to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that use misinformation and coercive practices to actively discourage people from seeking abortion care, and increasing the Medical Assistance reimbursement rate for providers offering family planning services and abortion care by 20 percent.