If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may wonder what your local options are or if abortion is even an option for you here in Minnesota. 

Abortion access is still available in Minnesota. Read this article to learn how the recent Supreme Court ruling impacts our state and what steps you should take if considering an abortion. 

What Does It Mean that Roe v. Wade Was Overturned?

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion was a right included in the “right to privacy” clause of the U.S. Constitution. This ruling meant that abortion had been a federally protected right for the past five decades.

In June 2022, the current Supreme Court revisited this decision and overturned it in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Their ruling means abortion is no longer federally protected, and each of the 50 states must decide whether they will restrict or protect abortion access. 

Does Minnesota Currently Grant Abortion Access? 

Abortion access is protected in the state constitution, although some restrictions exist. 

Abortion is prohibited if the pregnancy is viable (later than 20 weeks) unless the woman’s life is in danger. A woman’s parents must provide informed consent if she is a minor. 

Natural miscarriages, stillbirths, and ectopic pregnancies were never protected or affected by Roe, so women with these conditions will always have access to the healthcare they need.

What Happens Next?

Robbinsdale Women’s Center is committed to providing support and free pregnancy services to those in need, including complimentary ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy.

Ultrasounds can provide the following information:

  • The age of the pregnancy
  • The location of the pregnancy (whether it is ectopic)
  • The viability of the pregnancy (up to 20% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriages)

Medication abortions are FDA-approved for up to 10 weeks, so ultrasounds are helpful to know whether you qualify. We do not provide direct referrals for abortions. However, we offer a confidential, pressure-free environment for you to ask questions and discuss your options. 

We are here to make you feel empowered in your decision. Contact us today to make an appointment!

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