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.
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.
Sexual assault is a preventable affliction in Minnesota and our lawmakers had a chance to do something about it. Instead, Republican leadership turned their backs on young people and voted against this common-sense proposal.
HF 2998 / SF 2644 would require that district and charter schools develop and implement a consent program for grades 8-12 to prevent and reduce incidences of sexual assault. This common-sense proposal allows schools to integrate information about consent, personal responsibility and healthy relationships into existing health programs.
The Minnesota Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Finance and Policy advanced SF 2849, which requires health care providers to offer patients the option of viewing an ultrasound prior to an abortion.