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Preparing for Your Abortion Visit MN (Minors)
 

Planned Parenthood is committed to providing safe, legal abortion care to everyone – no matter what.

If you are under the age of 18 and seeking to terminate your pregnancy, it’s important to know that Planned Parenthood fully complies with Minnesota state law about abortion care for minors. As health care providers in Minnesota, we are required by law to notify both parents listed on your birth certificate before your procedure.

Minnesota Parental Notification FAQs

Parental Notification Process and Information for Minor Patients

Why is parental notification required?

Minnesota state law requires both parents listed on a minor’s birth certificate be notified that the minor will have an abortion. The notification must happen at least 48 hours before the appointment.

Planned Parenthood must comply with all state and federal laws when providing healthcare.

 How are parents notified?

Notification can be done in person or by certified mail

In person: Parent(s) sign a form when the patient checks-in for their appointment confirming they have been notified.

- Certified mail: A letter is sent to the parent(s) ahead of the appointment confirming the date of the abortion appointment. The letter must be signed for by the parent(s) when it’s delivered. If the parent(s) aren’t home when the letter is delivered it will be kept at the post office and the parent(s) will need to pick-up and sign for the letter there.

What is required for parental notification to be completed in person at a health center?
 

Notification requires that we review state, court, or other legal documents to confirm the identity of your parents. Typically, this is done through you providing us a with your original birth certificate.

  • Abortions will not be performed unless all necessary documents are presented during check-in.

 

Patients and parents completing in-person notification need the following documents:

  • Patient’s original or certified birth certificate. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • Parent(s) government issued photo ID
  • Patient’s photo ID
  • Proof of name change
    • Parents’ names on the birth certificate must match the name on their government issued photo ID
    • If the names are different, documentation of that name change is required
  • Common documents that prove a name change:
    • Original marriage certificate
    • Original divorce decree
    • Original court papers certifying a legal name change
    • Photocopies are not accepted

 

What is required to complete certified mail notification?

Patients and parents completing certified mail notification need the following documents:

  • Patient’s original or certified birth certificate. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • Patient’s photo ID
  • Proof of name change
    • Parents’ names on the birth certificate must match the name(s) on the certified letters
    • If the names are different, documentation of that name change is required.
    • Common documents that prove a name change:
      • Original marriage certificate
      • Original divorce decree
      • Original court papers certifying a legal name change
      • Photocopies are not accepted
What should I do to make sure I’m totally prepared for the day of my appointment?
 

Please be sure you’re prepared with all the necessary documentation. If you cannot provide the legally required documentation at your appointment, we cannot see you for your appointment and will need to reschedule.

  • Go over the requirements with you parent(s)
  • Look at your birth certificate and make sure you have an original or certified version of– not a photocopy. A certified birth certificate means it was issued from a courthouse or government entity. It will have a raised stamp/seal just like an original birth certificate.
  • Confirm the parent(s) name(s)
    • If current name(s) are different from what’s on the birth certificate, documentation of that name change is required.
    • Name change documentation must be original or certified, just like your birth certificate.
    • Helpful tip: Some birth certificates list mother’s maiden name, even if they were married and had already changed names at the time of the birth. Name change documentation is still required in this case.

If you have any questions or concerns about providing all of the required documents, please call Patient Services at 800-268-9150.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you have any other questions or concerns about the parental notification process in Minnesota or about providing all of the required documents, please call Patient Services. 

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