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Minnesota Abortion Refusal Clause (§§ 145.414)

This law was last updated on Dec 6, 2016

This law is Anti–Choice




Minn. Stat. Ann. §§ 145.414




Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Insurance Coverage, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

Minnesota law prohibits a person and hospital or institution from being coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion for any reason.

Additionally, no health-plan company or health-care cooperative may be required to provide abortion services or coverage.

The law, enacted in 1974, does not require refusing entities or individuals to provide notification or referrals to patients seeking abortion services. Nor does the law offer any option to purchase a separate insurance rider for individuals seeking abortion coverage.

Related Legislation

Simliar to Minnesota Statutes Section 145.42.


This section was found unconstitutional as it applies to public hospitals or institutions under Hodgson v. Lawson, 542 F.2d 1350 (8th Cir. 1976).