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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 a 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. In the first three months of 2018, five states adopted 10 new abortion restrictions and 37 states introduced a total of 347 new measures to restrict access to abortion or contraception.

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 45 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. Thankfully, the bill failed in the U.S. Senate. 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.

Roe at Risk

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States to fill the vacancy left by Justice Kennedy. President Trump has made clear that his Supreme Court nominee would “automatically” overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that affirmed the constitutional right to access abortion in this country. Judge Kavanaugh has already ruled to limit access to safe, legal abortion.

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.

And anti-choice legislators want to restrict access to abortion even more.

Every year, anti-choice legislators in Minnesota introduce and pass laws that restrict access to abortion. In 2018 alone, nine new bills were introduced that targeted abortion, including one bill to ban abortion outright and another to ban abortion after six weeks gestation. These 2018 bills joined three bills from 2017 that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, shut down clinics and disallowed state Medicaid funds from being used for abortion.

Thanks to Governor Mark Dayton, none of these bills became law and most did not advance out of the Minnesota legislature.

Having a strong pro-choice governor is critical in 2019.

Our state legislators have repeatedly shown that they want to restrict abortion and the only thing that has stopped them has been Governor Dayton, who has vetoed nine anti-abortion bills during his eight years in office. And now with President Trump pledging to appoint a Supreme Court justice who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, we need a governor who will stand up and protect abortion rights in Minnesota

 

Resist, Persist, Vote

This past legislative session proved that a pro-reproductive health Governor is instrumental securing continued access to reproductive health. In the 2018 governor's race, we must elect a health care champion who will protect the health and rights of Minnesotans.

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