The Minnesota Constitution and Abortion

The Minnesota Constitution and Abortion

In Minnesota, choosing to have an abortion is a right protected by the Minnesota Constitution (Doe v. Gomez). That protection is separate and independent from the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson decision does not change the Minnesota Constitution, does not change the Minnesota Supreme Court’s determination in Doe v. Gomez, and does not change Minnesota laws regulating access to and provision of abortion services.¬†Abortion remains legal in Minnesota.

Summary of Findings: Safety, Effectiveness, and Importance of Abortion Care in Minnesota

On June 25, 2022, Governor Tim Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 22-16: Protecting Access to Reproductive Health Care Services in Minnesota. The Executive Order directed the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services to write a report summarizing the safety, effectiveness, and importance of abortion care in Minnesota. This report was presented to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Legislature on August 1, 2022. Summary of Findings: Safety, Effectiveness, and Importance of Abortion Care in Minnesota (PDF)

Public Health Care Programs Cover Abortion Services

In Minnesota, the Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare Programs cover abortion and abortion-related services. Find out more information at Minnesota Department of Human Services: Abortion Services.

Woman's Right to Know Act

During the 2003 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Woman's Right to Know Act. This legislation directs the Minnesota Department of Health to make certain information available in print and online prior to providing an abortion. For more information, see Women’s Right to Know Act.

Positive Alternatives Program

The Positive Alternatives Program supports, encourages, and assists women to carry their pregnancies to term by offering local resources and supportive assistance during pregnancy and beyond. Positive Alternatives grants provide funds to nonprofit organizations that promote healthy pregnancy outcomes and assist pregnant and parenting women in developing and maintaining family stability and self-sufficiency. More information is available at Positive Alternatives.

Required Reporting on Induced Abortion

The 1998 Minnesota Legislature amended Minnesota’s abortion reporting requirement to include all physicians licensed and practicing in Minnesota who perform abortions and all Minnesota facilities in which abortions are performed (MN Statutes, 145.4131-134.4136). A reporting form must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health for each procedure. These reporting requirements apply only to providers and the information reported by them is required by law to remain private. The final summary reports are available at Induced Abortion in Minnesota.

Updated Monday, 01-Aug-2022 14:27:04 CDT