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A proven leader who’s dedicated her career to advancing women’s health and rights.

 

[Planned Parenthood]l is an organization that is deeply trusted to be there for women, men, and families when it’s needed, and that’s something I’m very proud of.

— Tina Smith

Source: Minnesota Star Tribune

Throughout Tina Smith’s career, her mission has been to advocate and work for women. From her work as a vice president at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS) to her work fighting for paid family leave as Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, Smith has long been a champion for women and families. If Smith is re-elected to the Senate, she will keep up this important work.

 

Tina Smith on the Issues:

Abortion

Smith is a tireless fighter for access to safe, legal abortion. As senator, Smith recently opposed a bill introduced in Congress that would ban abortion at 20 weeks. As a vice president at PPMNS from 2003 to 2006, Smith fought several anti-abortion bills. 

She fought against Minnesota’s “Positive Alternatives Act,” which is designed to limit women’s reproductive health options and fund anti-abortion organizations, known as fake women's health centers, which intentionally mislead women about their health care options.

Access to Health Care

Smith is dedicated to protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, which one in eight Minnesota adults rely on, and which she describes as “a lifeline to thousands of Minnesotans.” She opposes repealing the ACA, which would cut Medicaid and restrict women’s reproductive health care access. When it was revealed that President Donald Trump’s administration was considering lifetime Medicaid caps, Smith described them as “the worst kind of policy — one that undermines the purpose of Medicaid and hurts people who may not have other care options.”

Birth Control

Smith understands that “birth control is essential health care for women.” That’s why she opposes President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate, which allowed more than 62 million people in the United States, including 1.1 million Minnesotans, to access no-copay birth control. Smith knows well that “women deserve economic opportunity and fairness as well as reproductive freedom.”

Health Equity for All

Smith advocates for parental leave for Americans, “no matter where they work.”

As lieutenant governor, Smith supported expanding parental leave policies in Minnesota. She supports immigrant rights and called out President Donald Trump for having “held Dreamers hostage.”

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

As a former vice president of PPMNS, Smith has unique, firsthand experience in standing up for Planned Parenthood patients. 

In this role, Smith helped develop the organization’s education and outreach programs and worked to provide over 50,000 Minnesotans with essential health services, like STI testing and cancer screenings every year.

The Facts on Tina Smith

  • She stands up against attacks on our health care from the Trump administration and congressional Republicans
  • She is a strong supporter of expanding paid parental leave

  • She’s been fighting for Planned Parenthood her whole career –– as vice president at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota; as lieutenant governor; and as U.S. senator

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Minnesota 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018