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Minnesota Abortion Laws

Code Section
145.411 to 424 and 617.20 to 22

Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion
Failure to meet standards of legal abortion; sale or manufacture of drug, substance, or instrument intended for unlawful use in miscarriage or abortion procedure; act, procedure, or use of any instrument, medicine, or drug which is supplied, prescribed for, or administered to a pregnant woman which results in the termination of pregnancy

Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion
Before viability, by a trained M.D. After viability (second half of gestation), must be performed in hospital and necessary to preserve life, health of mother and procedure used will reasonably assure live birth. After 20th week, 2nd M.D. must be immediately accessible for any resulting live birth


Informed consent of mother after mandatory counseling (medical risks, etc.), followed by a 24-hour waiting period


Licensed M.D., and licensed abortion facility or hospital if after first trimester

Inside Minnesota Abortion Laws