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Protect Access to Contraception Act

In October 2017, the Trump-Pence administration rolled back the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate. On March 8, 2018, Rep. Erin Murphy and Sen. Sandy Pappas introduced the Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act to protect no-cost birth control for more than one million Minnesotans—but the Republican controlled legislature refused to hold even one single hearing on the bill. 

Protect Access to Contraception Act

Protect Access to Contraception Act

The PAC Act would have provide critical birth control protections for more than one million Minnesotans and guaranteed their basic right to control their own bodies, plan their families, and access the birth control method that is right for them, regardless of cost and free of political interference.

Minnesota Legislators Announce Birth Control Protection Bill

March 8, 2018 - Minnesota Legislators and supporters gathered in the Minnesota State Capitol to announce legislation that will protect no-cost birth control coverage in Minnesota from further attacks by the Trump Administration. The Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act will protect no-cost birth control in Minnesota.

Statement from Governor Dayton

Today, Minnesota Legislators and supporters announced the Protect Access to Contraception (PAC) Act, to ensure insurance coverage for all FDA-approved contraceptives without cost to the patient.

Birth control is basic health care. It is central to women’s health and their educational and economic advancement. This is a conversation that shouldn’t be necessary in 2018. We should be decades beyond fighting for birth control, but since President Trump took office, we have seen real threats to keep women from accessing birth control.  Now it’s up to states like Minnesota to protect this fundamental health care benefit.

Sarah Stoesz, President of the Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund

 

"Now, more than ever, womens' health care is under attack. That’s why it’s crucial that we protect womens' access to contraceptives here in Minnesota."

- Rep. Melissa Hortman, House Minority Leader

 

If it weren’t for Planned Parenthood I wouldn’t have been able to manage my PCOS. These matters should stay between me and my doctor and should never be up for debate by my boss or the President.

Sarah Barott, a Planned Parenthood patient, spoke about her experience with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – a painful disease that can lead to infertility but can be managed by contraception.

 

Thank You

Rep. Erin Murphy ● Sen. Sandy Pappas ● Rep. Melissa Hortman ● Sen. Tom Bakk ● Rep. Susan Allen ● Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn ● Rep. Connie Bernardy ● Rep. Andrew Carlson ● Rep. Karen Clark ● Rep. Jim Davnie ● Rep. Ray Dehn ● Rep. Peter Fischer ● Rep. Peggy Flanagan ● Rep. Mike Freiberg ● Rep. Laurie Halverson ● Sen. Jeff Hayden ● Rep. Deb Hilstrom ● Rep. Frank Hornstein ● Rep. Clark Johnson ● Sen. Susan Kent ● Rep. Erin Koegel ● Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein ● Rep. Tina Liebling ● Rep. Diane Loeffler ● Sen. Tony Lourey ● Rep. Sandy Masin ● Rep. Jason Metsa ● Rep. Rena Moran ● Rep. Liz Olson ● Rep. Ilhan Omar ● Rep. Dave Pinto ● Rep. Laurie Pryor ● Rep. Erin Maye Quade ● Rep. Paul Rosenthal ● Rep. Jennifer Schultz ● Rep. Linda Slocum ● Rep. Cheryl Youakim