Republicans in the Minnesota House voted to allow employers to deny coverage for birth control, prioritizing bosses’ religious beliefs over people’s rights to basic health care. At the same time, House Republicans voted to reject the Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act.
Republicans in the Minnesota Senate defeated a proposal to ensure that no-cost birth control coverage remains secure in Minnesota.
The Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act will protect no-cost birth control in Minnesota
St. Paul, MN – March 8, 2018, Minnesota Legislators and supporters gathered in the Minnesota State Capitol to announce legislation that will protect no-cost birth control coverage in Minnesota from further attacks by the Trump Administration. The legislation will guarantee the basic right of Minnesotans to plan their families and access the birth control method that is right for them.
The PAC Act (HF 3453 / SF 3101) will protect access to no-cost contraception from further attacks by the Trump Administration. Minnesotans deserve to control their own bodies, plan their families, and access the birth control method that is right for them, regardless of cost and free of political interference.
From the federal to the state level, attacks on women’s health and rights have been the centerpiece to the Trump Administration’s war on women. These attacks disproportionately harm women of color, undocumented women, LGBTQ+ folks, and low-income earning women.
The Trump Administration wants your ability to access birth control to be determined by your bosses’ beliefs.
From attempts to repeal and replace the ACA, to defunding Planned Parenthood, to protecting perpetrators of sexual assault on college campuses--our patients need the support of our community more than ever.
Birth control is essential health care. The fact that we’re debating this in 2017 is demoralizing and preposterous.