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Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP)

Minnesota imposes extra restrictions on abortion providers, despite the fact that all health-care providers already must comply with a variety of federal and state regulations governing health, safety, building and fire codes, and zoning requirements.  

Restrictions on Where Abortion Services May Be Provided

Minnesota places medically unnecessary restrictions on where abortion services may be provided.

Among the most common TRAP regulations are those restricting the provision of abortion services to hospitals or other specialized facilities, which require doctors to obtain medically unnecessary additional licenses, needlessly convert their practices to mini-hospitals at great expense, or provide abortion services only in hospitals, an impossibility in many parts of the country.

Minnesota requires all abortion procedures after the first trimester to be provided in a hospital or an "abortion facility."  Minn. Stat. Ann. §145.412 subd.1 (2) (Enacted 1974).

Restrictions on Who May Provide Abortion Services

Minnesota prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion services.

Only a physician licensed by the state to practice medicine, or a physician-in-training supervised by a licensed physician, may provide abortion.  Minn. Stat. Ann. § 145.412(subd. 1)(1) (Enacted 1974).

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