St. Paul, MN – Last week while Republicans in Congress voted to take health care away from millions and defund Planned Parenthood, the Republican-led legislature in Minnesota passed two anti-abortion bills that would have severely cut off access to reproductive health care. Today, Governor Mark Dayton stood with Minnesota women by vetoing them both.
SF702 and HF809 would have prohibited women who use state Medicaid for their health insurance from accessing abortion. SF704 and HF812 would have singled out abortion providers for medically unnecessary restrictions in order to reduce access to abortion.
The following is a statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota (PPMNS).
“Minnesota women are deeply grateful that Governor Dayton is once again using his veto pen to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion. A woman should be able to make decisions about her pregnancy with her doctor, based on what’s best for her health, not on how she receives her health insurance. Nor should she experience barriers to care based on laws that impose medically unnecessary restrictions for abortion providers.”
“Governor Dayton promised to veto these bills months ago – and he did. Nevertheless, Minnesota legislators spent precious taxpayer resources and time in pursuit of bills that they knew had no chance of becoming law. It’s time for these politicians to get to work on the things Minnesotans elected them to do – making sure kids can read and write and that all Minnesotans can have jobs and health care.”
For 90 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 19 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to 65,000 women and men each year.