Planned Parenthood will do everything we can to ensure our patients can still get the expert reproductive health care they need in Minnesota. Thanks to the broad public support Planned Parenthood has, our doors are open today, and they will remain open tomorrow. But, make no mistake—this situation is a sober reminder of why we desperately need a change in leadership in the White House and why it is more important than ever for Congress and state elected officials to stand up and protect affordable birth control.
This gag rule bans any health care provider that refers patients for safe, legal abortion from receiving Title X funds, thereby excluding Planned Parenthood patients from this critical source of family planning funding. Title X, the nation’s family planning program, helps cover the cost of contraception and preventive care for people with low incomes—53,000 people in Minnesota alone and millions nationwide.
Maybe you’ve had this experience too: walking into a clinic and getting strange looks. Or sitting down with a provider and not feeling seen or heard for who you are and what kind of care you need. As a gender queer person, those were common occurrences for me—until I went to Planned Parenthood. At Planned Parenthood, I was made to feel safe and comfortable. My pronouns were respected, my body was respected, my sexuality was respected.
The 2019 Minnesota Legislative Session officially ended on Saturday, May 25. While Governor Walz and legislative leadership were able to agree on a broad budget framework, the contrast between the two legislative bodies in our state could not be more clear.
Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) broke ground on a new state-of-the-art health center. Joined by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, many of Planned Parenthood’s most generous and dedicated donors, and dozens of Planned Parenthood health care providers—the gathering celebrated the expansion of health care and education that will serve three times as many patients in the heart of Minneapolis.
On May 21, more than 1,000 activists protested the extreme abortion bans across the country at Minnesota State Capitol. Activists rallied in all 50 states as a part of a national STOP THE BANS day of action. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the 2020 election—we must ensure Minnesotans can continue to get the reproductive health care they need, including access to safe, legal abortion.
As the nation’s largest provider of sex education, Planned Parenthood is committed to helping young people stay safe and healthy, working every day to make sure young people get developmentally appropriate, LGBTQ-inclusive information, skills, and answers to their questions about sex and relationships, without shame or judgment.
The Trump-Pence administration continues, time and again, to make matters worse for those Americans who already have fewer resources and more obstacles to health and prosperity.
Minnesota House and Senate Health and Human Services Omnibus Bills Show Stark Contrast on Reproductive Health
Unfortunately, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate has refused to even consider bills that would ensure that birth control is affordable and accessible for all. Instead, Republican lawmakers have prioritized unconstitutional abortion bans, funding for fake women’s health clinics and health care cuts, none of which will help Minnesotans get the health care they need to plan for their health and families.