Access to safe abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet anti-reproductive health policymakers have made it increasingly hard to access through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services. Some extremists even resort to intimidation, harassment, and violence against patients and health care providers.
Today, Americans face unprecedented attacks on their constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. In the first five months of 2019 alone, 27 abortion bans – including multiple bans on abortion before most people know they’re pregnant – have been enacted in 12 states. Furthermore, 479 abortion restrictions have been enacted in 33 states since 2011, accounting for more than one-third of the 1,271 abortion restrictions enacted since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.
We are committed to fighting 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 activists, donors, supporters, and patients.
Planned Parenthood is proud to provide expert, high quality care—including abortion—and to ensure that patients receive accurate information about all of their options in a judgement-free setting in order to make their own, fully informed health care decisions.
Abortion has been safe and legal in the United States for 45 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.
Abortion in Minnesota
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.
And anti-choice legislators want to restrict access to abortion even more. Every year, anti-choice legislators in Minnesota introduce and pass laws that restrict access to abortion. In 2019, 42 House Republicans (almost 75% of all Republicans in the House) signed onto a bill that would ban abortion before most women would even know they’re pregnant. While we know that the pro-choice majority in our Minnesota House will not let this bill become law, it’s an important reminder that we need to keep fighting to ensure that abortion remains legal, safe and accessible in Minnesota.