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First time since 1978 Minnesota’s entire U.S. Congressional delegation, the state House, and the governor’s seat are up for grabs.

In the primary election, Minnesotans selected a powerful progressive ticket to put forward in the upcoming historic midterm elections. The 2018 midterms mark the first time since 1978 that Minnesota’s entire U.S. Congressional delegation, the state House of Representatives, and the governor’s seat are up for grabs. The future of women’s health and rights in Minnesota is on the line and Minnesota voters made it clear today, they want reproductive health and rights champions on the forefront.

With Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and repeated attacks by the Trump-Pence administration against reproductive health care, everything is at stake.

Time and again, Governor Mark Dayton has shown Minnesotans just how important it is to have a reproductive health champion defending a patient’s right to make personal health care decisions. Dayton has blocked state politicians from dismantling access to birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and abortion. U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith consistently hold the line against the Trump-Pence administration taking aim at those who face systemic barriers to health care and blocking attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “defund” Planned Parenthood. It’s time to not only ensure we keep reproductive health care allies in office, but to replace politicians who refuse to do so–like Congressmen Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis who voted to strip 400,000 Minnesotans from health care.

Statement from Tim Stanley, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, Executive Director:

“Today marks the beginning of the biggest fight Minnesotans have had in decades for the future of women’s rights, reproductive health care, and social justice.”

“Our health care and our rights are at stake. Tim Walz will protect reproductive health and rights. Jeff Johnson, the Republican Gubernatorial candidate, would support a bill like the ‘heartbeat’ proposal that recently passed in Iowa. The bill, one of the most restrictive abortion proposals in the country, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. This is before many women know they are pregnant."

“We congratulate Tim Walz, Peggy Flanagan, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Dan Feehan, Angie Craig, and Dean Phillips – and many others. We look forward to electing a slate of candidates who stand for every person’s right to control their bodies and lives. This is the Minnesota we want and Planned Parenthood, along with its partners, will work to ensure an even brighter tomorrow for our state.”

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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.

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