Abortion access is a hot topic right now. If you’re researching the issue online, you’re likely finding conflicting sources and may be uncertain what the recent Roe v. Wade means for us in the state of Minnesota.
What It Means that Roe v. Wade Was Overturned
In 1973, the case of Roe v. Wade established that women could legally obtain an abortion in all 50 states.
On June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center. In overturning the previous decision, the Court did not say that abortion would become illegal on a national level, it just determined that abortion is not a constitutionally protected right. This means that it is up to each state legislature to decide on their state’s abortion access or restrictions.
Does Minnesota Currently Grant Abortion Access?
Yes, abortion is currently legal in Minnesota. A woman can still access and obtain an abortion in Minnesota.
Will This Limit Women’s Access to Healthcare?
The ruling only affects abortion access, and will not affect other aspects of a woman’s reproductive healthcare. If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy, a stillborn baby, or a natural miscarriage, these will be treated with the same medical care available before the ruling.
What Happens Next?
If you’re considering an abortion, the best first step is to schedule a pregnancy test and an ultrasound to verify the viability of your pregnancy, confirm the gestational age, and if the pregnancy is intrauterine. Ultrasounds also help alert you to the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.
Elevier Women’s Center offers no-cost pregnancy resources to Minnesota residents or anyone who may be pregnant and traveling from out of state. Our job is to inform and support, and we do this through our no-cost services as well as appointments where you can have the opportunity to discuss options and ask questions about the pregnancy process.
We are here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us today!