We believe all people should have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion.

Access to abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet anti-women’s health policymakers have made it increasingly hard for women to access through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services. Some extremists even resort to intimidation, harassment, and violence against women and health care providers.

Planned Parenthood fights these efforts on every level. From courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots, we work to protect access to reproductive health care through education of elected officials, litigation, and mobilization of more than seven million Planned Parenthood activists, donors, supporters, and patients.

Planned Parenthood is proud to provide expert, high quality care to our patients—including abortion—and to ensure that they receive accurate information about all of their options in order to make their own, fully informed health care decisions.

Abortion has been safe and legal in the U.S. for more than 40 years. Since 1973, with the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the Constitution protects every person’s right to safe, legal abortion.

Access to abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet some policymakers have worked to make it increasingly hard for patients to access abortion through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services.

Attempts to restrict and even ban abortion at the state level are part of an ongoing effort to deny people their right to make their own personal medical decisions.

Currently, there are laws in Minnesota that place burdens on a person seeking an abortion. These restrictions include:

  • 24-hour waiting period: A patient must receive state-directed counseling and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • Parental notification: The parents of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
  • State-directed counseling: A patient must receive counseling designed to discourage them from having an abortion before the procedure will be provided.

In the past, the Minnesota Legislature has tried to pass other restrictions limiting an individual’s access to abortion. These restrictions included “Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers” or TRAP laws. The bills would have required free-standing reproductive health facilities that perform ten or more abortions each month to be licensed as surgical outpatient centers despite this provision being medically unnecessary. The bills would have also allowed the state to inspect these facilities without notice.  

No one should ever have to make a decision about whether or not to end a pregnancy based on ability to pay.

Two other bills would have blocked Medicaid and similar public health programs from covering abortion services. These bills would have the heaviest impact on low-income patients who rely on programs like Medicaid for health insurance.

None of these bills were forwarded in 2016, but similar bills can be anticipated in 2017 and in future legislative sessions.

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