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We believe all people should have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including access to safe and legal abortion.

Access to safe abortion is legal, constitutionally protected, and consistently supported by a majority of Americans; yet anti-reproductive health policymakers have made it increasingly hard to access through court battles, ballot measures, and burdensome legislative restrictions on abortion services. Some extremists even resort to intimidation, harassment, and violence against patients and health care providers.

Today, Americans face unprecedented attacks on their constitutional right to safe and legal abortion. Despite the fact that abortion rates are at an historic low and 7 in 10 Americans support Roe v. Wade, between 2011 and July 2016 over 334 abortion restrictions were enacted on the state level.

We are committed to fighting these efforts on every level. From courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots—we work to protect access to reproductive health care through education of elected officials, litigation, and mobilization of more than seven million activists, donors, supporters, and patients.

Planned Parenthood is proud to provide expert, high quality care—including abortion—and to ensure that patients receive accurate information about all of their options in a judgement-free setting in order to make their own, fully informed health care decisions.

Abortion has been safe and legal in the United States for more than 40 years. Since 1973, with the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that the Constitution protects every person’s right to safe, legal abortion.

Federal 20-Week Ban

In October 2017, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would impose a nationwide ban on abortion at 20 weeks. This dangerous, anti-science legislation is nothing more than another attempt to restrict access to safe, legal abortion. Minnesota Republican Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN03), Jason Lewis (MN02), and Tom Emmer (MN06) voted for the ban. Pledge to hold them accountable in 2018.

Abortion in Minnesota

Attempts to restrict and even ban abortion at the state level are part of an ongoing effort to deny people their right to make their own personal medical decisions.

Currently, there are laws in Minnesota that place burdens on a person seeking an abortion. These restrictions include:

  • 24-hour waiting period: A patient must receive state-directed counseling and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
  • Parental notification: The parents of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
  • State-directed counseling: A patient must receive counseling designed to discourage them from having an abortion before the procedure will be provided.

In 2017, the Minnesota legislature passed a clinic shut-down law that is eerily similar to the one in Texas that left hundreds of thousands without access to basic health care or abortion– the same law that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unconstitutional last summer. These proposed regulations would have left thousands without care.

In the same year, the Minnesota legislature also passed a bill that would disallow state Medicaid funds from being used for abortion. In 1995 the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that if Medicaid covers other pregnancy related care, it has to cover abortion too.

No one should ever have to make a decision about whether or not to end a pregnancy based on finances or insurance status—it should be based on what is best for their health and circumstances.

Both bills were vetoed by Governor Dayton.  

These bills would have the heaviest impact on low-income patients who rely on programs like Medicaid and MNsure for health insurance. Gov. Dayton vetoed these bills, but similar bills can be anticipated in 2018.

Resist, Persist, Vote

This past legislative session proved that a pro-reproductive health Governor is instrumental securing continued access to reproductive health. As the 2018 Gubernatorial race comes closer, we must work towards electing more reproductive health care champions to protect the health and rights of Minnesotans.

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