Everyone, regardless of their race, of their income, or where they live, deserves the best medical care and information available. Under this rule, they won’t get it. Here in Minnesota, 53,000 patients across 31 locations – including 51,000 Planned Parenthood patients – rely on Title X-funded clinics for life-saving health care, cancer screening, birth control, and STI testing. Title X funding is a major part of our public health infrastructure that provides Minnesotans with the birth control and reproductive health services they need.
Though 2018 Minnesota Legislative Session lasted only three months, Republican lawmakers spent the Session passing legislation that needlessly attacked reproductive health and rights and rejecting proposals for proactive policies that would have helped Minnesotans.
“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.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Praises Governor Dayton for Protecting the Patient-Doctor Relationship
We commend Governor Dayton for vetoing SF 2849, which is completely unnecessary since women already have the option to view an ultrasound prior to an abortion. Governor Dayton showed once again that he believes patients deserve their physicians’ best medical judgment and counsel, not unnecessary mandates dictated by politicians. This veto is yet another example of Governor Dayton’s leadership, putting the health and rights of all Minnesotans before politics.
When it comes to protecting access to safe, legal abortion as well as birth control and life-saving medical exams for women, time and again we have learned a singular truth: elections matter. Since the Trump Administration took hold of Washington, we’ve been working tirelessly to defeat attacks against our health, rights, and communities. The 2018 election is only six months away—now is the time to hold politicians accountable and elect leaders who will fight with us.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund Denounces Minnesota Republican Leadership for Ignoring Birth Control Access
“The legislature should focus on priorities that improve our state’s health, like making sure Minnesotans have affordable contraception, not on bills that undermine the patient-doctor relationship.”
The #BirthControlBus is more than just a resource to let people know where they can go to receive expert contraceptive advice, it is also a way to get people fired up about Planned Parenthood and the importance of high-quality reproductive and sexual health care.
Last week, Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley said that laws created to help women make them "look weaker." Sorry, not sorry, Senator Housley, we flat out disagree. There are countless ways that proactive health care policy can improve the everyday lives of women and families in Minnesota.