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Our Rights. Our Bodies. Our Vote.

Minnesota is at risk in the wake of the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The stakes have never been higher now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the federal right to abortion, giving states the power to ban abortions even in the case of rape or incest.  

If Planned Parenthood champions win the majorities in both the Minnesota House and Senate, they could pass a law establishing the fundamental right of Minnesotans to make their own individual decisions regarding reproductive health care, including abortion. 

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Advocates on the 2022 Ballot

Governor Tim Walz
Governor Tim Walz smiles brightly from a white front porch.

In response to the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion, Governor Tim Walz vowed to oppose any legislation banning abortion in Minnesota, tweeting: “There will never be an abortion ban under my watch. The right to an abortion will be respected in Minnesota as long as I am in office.”

@Tim_Walz tweet on May 4, 2022

Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan
Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan smiles brightly on a street wearing a bright pink blazer.

Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan understands this is about all of us. She said, “This isn’t just about those of us who have grown up under the safety of the umbrella of Roe. This is about our daughters. This is about our LGBTQ youth. This is about our relatives with disabilities. This is about black and brown bodies. This is about all of us.”

Speech on May 14, 2022. Posted on Instagram by @plannedparenthoodmn on July 10, 2022

Attorney General Keith Ellison
Attorney General Keith Ellison smiling with the Minneapolis skyline in the background.

Attorney General Keith Ellison has promised to fight all challenges to Minnesota laws protecting the right to abortion and has said he will directly intervene to protect from prosecution anyone who travels to Minnesota for an abortion from a state where abortion is banned.

Official press release from Attorney General Ellison 6.21.2022

Secretary of State Steve Simon
Secretary of State Steve Simon smiles in a soft grey room.

Reproductive rights are linked to voting rights. We must secure voting rights for everyone.

Under Secretary of State Steve Simon's leadership, Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout for the past three elections in a row. He is working to defend our democracy, strengthen the freedom to vote for all eligible Minnesotans, and push back against dangerous disinformation about our elections.

Steve Simon for Minnesota website

Julie Blaha for State Auditor
Julie Blaha for State Auditor stands outside.

Before running for office, Auditor Blaha was chair of Minnesota NOW, an organization fights for gender equity and protecting abortion access. Having progressive officers in all statewide constitutional offices sends a strong message that our state is prioritizing leaders who protect and advance sexual and reproductive health.

Blaha for State Auditor website

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman
Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman smiles outside.

We must elect leaders who support safe and legal abortion to maintain Speaker of the House Melissa Hortman’s crucial leadership and ability to block harmful abortion bans and restrictions from ever getting to the House floor.

Melissa Hortman website

Voting Rights are Reproductive Rights

Your vote is your voice. We cannot protect and expand access to reproductive health care without the participation of every voter, especially voters of color, young people, LGBTQ+ people, and those living with low-incomes. The ability to preserve and expand access to reproductive rights rests on the right to vote.

Ensuring the right to vote hinges on the election for Secretary of State. 

Steve Simon is committed to advancing democracy in Minnesota at the ballot box. He will continue to ensure open and fair elections that Minnesotans can have confidence in. Protecting election integrity has been a core guiding principle for the work Simon has done as Secretary of State since 2015. He is a fierce advocate for preserving voting rights for Minnesotans, including those most impacted by voting restrictions like people of color and people with disabilities. Every Minnesotan's voice matters, and electing Steve Simon for Secretary of State assures continued access to the ballot and a fairer democracy. 

Take Control in pink with yellow and black background.

A Bold Plan

Our rights and access to reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion, depend on elected leaders at all levels of government.

Planned Parenthood champions have a bold plan to secure the reproductive freedom of all Minnesotans, no matter who you are, where you live, and how much you make. We must re-elect Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and candidates that support safe and legal abortion up and down the ballot.

We believe no one is free unless they control their bodies, lives, and futures. It's time to take control.

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan walking at the Minnesota State Fair with shirts that say "Not on our watch" in reference to their pledge that no abortion bans will be passed while they are in office.

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan Will Protect Our Rights

Our rights to control our own bodies and lives are on the ballot this November. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan will protect safe, legal abortion in Minnesota. They have made an important promise to Minnesotans: "There will NEVER be an abortion ban on our watch."1

They understand that personal health care decisions, including abortion, should be between and patient and their doctor. The administration will fight to ensure every Minnesota can get the reproductive health care they need free from political interference. 

The Walz-Flanagan administration has a record for fiercely pushing progress in Minnesota. During his tenure, Tim Walz:

  • proposed increased funding to the Family Planning Special Project grant that increases access to vital sexual and reproductive health care,2
  • joined 16 governors in calling for the United States Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act on May 3, 2022,3
  • and signed an Executive Order banning conversion therapy in Minnesota.4

1. @PeggyFlanagan Instagram post on 08.26.2022 2. FPSP: FY2020-21 Budget Recommendations, Page 60 3. Open letter to the U.S. Senate 4. Executive Order

A Threat to Our Fundamental Rights

Republican candidate for governor Scott Jensen and his running mate Matt Birk have said they will ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

  • GOP-endorsed gubernatorial candidate, Scott Jensen, said in a March 2022 interview: “I would try to ban abortion. I think that we’re basically in a situation where we should be governed by pro-life.”1
  • Jensen’s running mate, Matt Birk, proudly celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He explained he doesn’t believe that rape victims should be able to get abortions.2
  • Scott Jensen and Matt Birk's extreme views are not aligned with the majority of Minnesotans who support safe and legal abortion.

1. Minnesota Public Radio Interview 3.15.2022 2. Vanity Fair 7.19.2022 Jensen photo: Edited to grey scale from Dr. Scott Jensen Facebook page. Birk photo: Edited to grey scale from screenshot of video from National Right to Life speech.

Pledge to Vote for Planned Parenthood Champions

We have a chance to elect candidates that will fight for safe and legal abortion in the House, Senate, and the Governor’s Office.

States across the country are decimating access to abortion, birth control, and sex education. We can’t take abortion access for granted. It could happen here. We must elect leaders who support the right of every person to make decisions about their own body and will work to protect our rights. 

Pledge to vote for sexual and reproductive health champions at all levels of government by November 8!

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