Attorney General Ellison: No one will be prosecuted in Minnesota for a legal abortion

Regardless of Supreme Court Dobbs decision expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, right to abortion is protected under Minnesota constitution: Ellison pledges to uphold it

AG also issues guidance to providers of abortion in Minnesota about their rights

June 21, 2022 (SAINT PAUL) — In anticipation of the forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the court is expected to overturn its own 1973 precedent in Roe v. Wade, Minnesota Attorney General Ellison today reassured Minnesotans and the people of every state that no one will be prosecuted in Minnesota for seeking, helping someone else seek, or providing an abortion that is legal in Minnesota. He also assured people that no one from Minnesota or any state will be prosecuted in Minnesota for having a miscarriage, as has been criminally charged in Texas.  

Minnesotans’ rights to abortion are secure under the 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court precedent in Doe v. Gomez, which found a broader and more expansive right to abortion in the Minnesota constitution than the U.S. Supreme Court found in its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.  

“Regardless of how the Court decides DobbsGomez will remain the law of the land in Minnesota. That’s not changing, and Minnesotans can count on it. I will uphold Gomez and will fight all challenges to it,” Attorney General Ellison said. 

However, many states — including ones neighboring Minnesota — have either already enacted bans on abortion that would have been unconstitutional under Roe or have bans poised to go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe. Some of those states also have attempted to criminalize travel across state lines to receive, help someone receive, or provide an abortion — even to states like Minnesota where abortion remains legal, and despite the constitutionally-protected right of all Americans to travel across state lines.  

In the wake of these developments, Attorney General Ellison said, “As Minnesota's chief legal officer and the chief protector of people’s rights in Minnesota, I am advising all people — whether from Minnesota or any other state — that regardless of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs:   

In addition, Attorney General Ellison today released the first installment in a series of guidance to Minnesotans called “Know Your Rights to Abortion and Reproductive Healthcare in Minnesota,” available on the Attorney General’s website. The guidance released today is for providers of abortion care in Minnesota, as follows: 

Attorney General Ellison’s office will release more guidance once Dobbs is decided.