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To: Minnesota Legislators
Vote For Local Reproductive Health Champions
Minnesota voters won’t stand by as our elected officials continue to vote against the majority of Minnesotans by restricting access to reproductive healthcare. Minnesota legislators up for reelection have been taking more and more extreme positions, alienating themselves from the vast majority of Minnesotans who -- poll after poll shows -- want to see women have access to reproductive healthcare.
That’s going to have real consequences in 2016.
As a Minnesota voter, I pledge to hold my legislators accountable and vote for candidates who support access to affordable, accessible reproductive healthcare for all.
Why is this important?
Since 2012, Minnesota legislators have introduced bills four times requiring abortion clinics in our state to be designed like ambulatory surgical centers. In 2006 and 2007, the legislature also introduced a bill requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges, to no avail. These are the same bills that threatened to close down 31 of the 40 abortion clinics in Texas, and the same laws that the Supreme Court overturned in June.
This year, the Minnesota House of Representatives used their time and taxpayer money to defund Planned Parenthood. This legislation would have jeopardized access to health care for 45,000 Planned Parenthood patients who receive their health care at Title X supported clinics – especially the 23,000 patients who rely directly on Title X funding for their care each year in Minnesota. This bill would have blocked access to critical services like birth control, STD testing and treatment, clinical breast exams and life-saving cancer screenings.
Pursuing laws that reduce access to healthcare is unacceptable. We need to ensure our legislators support affordable, accessible, reproductive healthcare for all. To secure these fundamental rights, vote for candidates that will stand by Planned Parenthood and support women’s healthcare.