We believe all people deserve access to birth control and other preventive care.

Minnesotans should have easy and affordable access to contraceptives and other reproductive health services in order to plan their families and achieve their goals.

Thanks to the passing of the Affordable Care Act, all preventative care, including birth control, is now available to Minnesotans with health insurance at no added cost.

In 2014, the Minnesota state legislature attempted but failed to pass the CHEER Act (Contraception Health Equity and Employee Rights), which would have required employers to provide birth control coverage in their employees’ health insurance plans.

For Planned Parenthood patients who receive their health care at our 17 Title X-supported clinics across the state—especially the 23,000 patients who directly rely on Title X funding for their care each year in Minnesota—cutting off Title X funds would block access to critical services like birth control and limit access to STD testing and treatment, clinical breast exams, and life-saving cancer screenings.

Statewide polls conducted in March 2016 showed that 69% of Minnesotans want to see funding stay the same or be increased for the family and contraceptive services that Planned Parenthood provides.

  • Birth control use is nearly universal.  Ninety-nine percent of all sexually experienced women and 98 percent of sexually experienced Catholic women have used it at some point in their lives
  • Fifty-six percent of voters support the birth control coverage benefit, including 53 percent of Catholic voters, and 62 percent of Catholics who identify themselves as independents, according to a new Public Policy Polling Poll.
  • Sixty-five percent of Millennials (young people between the ages of 18 and 29) believe that employer health care coverage should include contraception at no cost.

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