St. Paul, MN – May 17, 2018, the Republican majority in the Minnesota House of Representatives introduced HF 4524, a bill that would make abortion illegal after six weeks – before most people are even aware that they are pregnant. This is an extreme move that jeopardizes people's health, defying constitutional rights and all medical standards for reproductive health care.
Sarah Stoesz, President of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund:
“Make no mistake, the bill introduced today is a serious attack on Minnesotan’s health and safety. People need access to safe and legal abortion so they can decide what’s best for their health and for their families.”
"If Republican lawmakers want to decrease the need for abortion, we invite them to work across the aisle to ensure that Minnesotans have access to affordable birth control. Unfortunately, Republican leaders have refused to even consider Minnesota’s Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act, which would have protected access to no-cost birth control for more than one million people in our state. Minnesotans should be outraged that Republican lawmakers have once again put personal politics before people's health and rights.”
Founded in 1992, the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. As the advocacy and electoral arm of PPMNS, we mobilize supporters of all parties to defend and increase access to family planning services and fact based, medically accurate sexuality education. We work to inspire and engage citizens to take up the cause of reproductive health and rights through education, electoral activity, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy.