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Minnesota Abortion Law

Mandate fetal tissue be cremated or buried


Minnesota requires tissue resulting from an abortion or miscarriage to be disposed of by cremation or burial. This law is based on the beliefs of anti-abortion activists, not standard medical or public health safety protocols. Mandating this not only increases cost of care, but may go against the wishes or religious beliefs of a patient.


Minnesotans have diverse beliefs about the moral status of a fetus, and this law privileges the religious beliefs of some Minnesotans over others. This mandate, unnecessary from a medical or public health perspective, is an attempt to add stigma, shame, and cost to Minnesotans seeking abortion care or experiencing miscarriage.