The 2020 Minnesota Legislative Session has started — and with the entire Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate on the ballot in 2020, the stakes for this session are high.
As we begin the 2020 Session, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is again working to make sure that Minnesotans have access to the sexual and reproductive health care they need.
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Fear is keeping many immigrants from seeking the health care they need. All people—regardless of immigration status—deserve access to health care, to stay with their families, and to live a life of dignity. No matter what. We condemn the Trump-Pence administration’s deportation raids and hateful rhetoric. We stand with immigrants and refugees.
Jason Lewis has consistently shown that he does not deserve to represent the people of Minnesota.
Minnesota Leaders Denounce Trump-Pence Administration's Title X Gag Rule and Its Harm to Public Health
The Trump-Pence administration has forced Planned Parenthood out of Title X, the longstanding federal program for birth control and reproductive health care for low-income Americans. Minnesota leaders this week joined others across the country in voicing opposition to the Title X gag rule.
By enforcing this dangerous rule, President Trump will block millions of Americans from the affordable health care they seek at Planned Parenthood health centers. This includes 53,000 Minnesotans who rely on Title X funding for care at Planned Parenthood and associated clinics in all corners of the state. The gag rule will especially impact people in Greater Minnesota, where there are fewer providers and less access to basic care.
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.