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Minnesota Abortion Laws

Explanation of Chart and More Information on Abortion Laws

Code Section 145.411 to 424 and 617.20 to 22
Statutory Definition of Illegal AbortionFailure 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 AbortionBefore 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
Penalty for Unlawful AbortionFelony
Consent RequirementsInformed consent of mother
Residency Requirements for Patients-
Physician Licensing RequirementsLicensed M.D., and licensed abortion facility or hospital if after first trimester

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