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Governor Dayton Adds Minnesota to List of States Urging Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to Maintain Integrity of Title X Program
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund applauds Dayton for standing up for 53,000 Minnesota Planned Parenthood patients.
From the Title X gag rule to Trump’s dangerous Supreme Court pick, reproductive health care is under attack and abortion access is at risk across the country. Minnesota is the last state in the Upper Midwest with a Democratic governor and limited restrictions on safe, legal abortion—and you can help keep it that way—regardless of what happens in Washington D.C.
From reprehensible quotes to reprehensible votes, Rep. Jason Lewis has consistently shown that he does not deserve to represent the people of Minnesota.
From a long list of deplorable comments about women to his abysmal voting record and relentless attacks on health care, Rep. Lewis has made it clear that he is willing to support policy that is every bit as offensive as his comments, including gutting birth control protections in the ACA, defunding Planned Parenthood, and restricting access to safe, legal abortion.
Supreme Court Watch: Trump Picks Next Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh; Future of Abortion Rights Hangs in the Balance
We oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and call on the Senate to do the same. With this nomination, women’s constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is in danger. We know how Brett Kavanaugh would rule on Roe v. Wade, because the president told us: Brett Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Slight Increase in Abortions in Minnesota; Minnesotans Need More Access to Family Planning Services and Sex Education
The number of abortions in Minnesota rose very slightly in 2017 and that tells us that people still need more access to birth control and sex education. This data underscores the importance of maintaining public funding for family planning services so Minnesotans can visit their local public health providers, like Planned Parenthood.
Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced he will retire and so President Trump will now have the opportunity to nominate his replacement. We are now faced with the reality that Roe v. Wade and the right to safe and legal abortion are at serious risk. While this decision is devastating, it is also a call to action. It underscores that elections matter and every vote matters.
With Justice Kennedy's retirement, the right to access abortion safely and legally in this country is on the line. President Trump has promised to only appoint biased justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. This week’s news proves that it is on us to create the shared future that we all deserve. We must resist. We must persist. And we must vote. The future of our country–and the health, rights, and safety of millions of people–depend on it.