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.
The decisions that the court handed down this week illustrate the monumental consequences that Supreme Court justices can have on almost any aspect of the law. Just this week, a narrow majority of justices stripped protections of workers, upheld outwardly racist travel policies, upheld racial partisan gerrymandering, and ruled that openly deceiving people trying to access health care is legal and just.
June 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that challenged a 2015 California law that requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to disclose all available medical options and services to pregnant women. With this decision, the Supreme Court ruled against women and in favor of anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) that misrepresent themselves as legitimate health care clinics.
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, an annual monthlong observance of LGBTQ history, achievements, community, and activism, celebrated with marches, parties, and other events across the country. This June, we proudly celebrate the resilience, strength, and activism of LGBTQ people and communities.
This week, the court punted on a case about partisan gerrymandering, dismissing it for lack of standing and sending it back to lower courts for further consideration. Without a definitive decision on the legality of partisan gerrymandering, it is critically important that we elect lawmakers who understand and value the importance of voting rights and democratic processes. Those who represent us must uphold these values and fight to make sure that all people are fairly represented and have a voice in our democracy.
Parents are fleeing violence and persecution, doing everything they can to protect their children. Immigration status is no reason to separate families. We cannot sit by silently while this administration continues to strip immigrants of their basic health, rights, and freedoms. All people, regardless of immigration status, are able to live a life of dignity—no matter what.
This week, the court announced a decision on a case out of Ohio related to voting rights and voter registration, ruling for the state in a narrow 5-4 decision, holding that the process at issue does not violate federal law. Democracy relies on all people having equal access to the right to vote. We all must work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has a voice and a vote.