June 22, 2021
By If/When/How

This report summarizes interviews conducted in April and May 2021 with various stakeholders addressing youth access to abortion in Minnesota, including advocates, lawyers, clinicians and other clinic staff, guardians ad litem, and social workers. The clearest thread that emerged involved a critical need to share information about the ways in which Minnesota’s abortion laws harm young people. The obstacles to abortion access described in this report include: court is an intimidating and traumatic experience; logistical barriers bar meaningful access to abortion care for young people; forcing parental involvement does not promote family communication; and judicial bypass does not protect young people.