On Thursday, July 13, 2017, Rep. Jason Lewis (MN02) published an op-ed in the Pioneer Press calling for drastic Medicaid cuts that would put the health and well-being of millions of Americans in jeopardy. Let’s get a few things straight and focus on facts, not spin.
The Senate Health Care Proposal, like the bill the House passed, includes the provision to “defund” Planned Parenthood. In Minnesota, 38% of our patients—nearly 24,000 people each year—use Medicaid to access health care at Planned Parenthood. Senate and House Republicans repeatedly claim that other community clinics could pick up the slack if patients who rely on Medicaid can’t come to Planned Parenthood.
On June 21, more than 400 supporters turned out in St. Paul to stand with Planned Parenthood and urge Congress to protect health care access.
Everyone has a right to health care and compassion. I trust women, and women need Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.
Politicians shouldn’t be able to tell me that I can’t go to Planned Parenthood for my care. I don’t know where I would be now if Planned Parenthood hadn’t been there for my mind, body, and soul. No politician should be able to take that away from me, or anyone else.
The 2017 Minnesota legislative session has drawn to a close. This session, the Minnesota Legislature passed two bills aimed at limiting access to health care in Minnesota. Governor Mark Dayton vetoed them both.
This plan would make it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy, harder to have a healthy pregnancy, and harder to raise a family.
Minnesota women are deeply grateful that Governor Dayton is once again using his veto pen to protect a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion. A woman should be able to make decisions about her pregnancy with her doctor, based on what’s best for her health, not on how she receives her health insurance. Nor should she experience barriers to care based on laws that impose medically unnecessary restrictions for abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood Slams U.S. House for “Defunding” in the Worst Bill for Women’s Health in a Generation
“Defunding” Planned Parenthood would deny millions access to cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment
Sarah Stoesz: “This is the worst bill for women’s health in a generation. It makes it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy, harder to have a healthy pregnancy, and harder to raise a family.”