Minnesota

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz Has Blunt Message For ‘Old White Men’ On Abortion

"Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) called on “old white men” to listen to women on abortion Thursday after Kamala Harris visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in his state, a stop believed to be a first to such a facility by a U.S. president or vice president. Walz, who signed bills that enshrined the right to abortion into state law last year, joined Harris on her historic visit as she declared a “very serious health crisis” facing the country in remarks that highlighted Democrats making reproductive rights a key issue ahead of the 2024 election....."
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Upholding the Right to Choose: The Imperative for Federal Protection of Over-the-Counter Birth Control Access

Network for Public Health Law Executive Director, Dr. Vineeta Gupta, explores the challenges and opportunities related to the new over-the-counter oral contraceptive Opill, including the potential for states to impose age-related restrictions on its purchase. Her perspective as a human rights lawyer and maternal health physician offers a comprehensive look at key areas to protect access to Opill.
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Report: Minnesota sees spike in out-of-state patients seeking abortions

"The number of people crossing state lines to Minnesota to get an abortion spiked after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, new data show. The number of out-of-state patients jumped from 9% in 2020 to 30% in 2023 over the same time period, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. Nationwide, one in five patients are traveling out of state for an abortion...."
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Anger to action: How DFLers transformed Minnesota abortion rights after Roe

"This is part one of a five-part series from MPR News examining the state of abortion in Minnesota one year after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Rage.  Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman said that’s what she and her allies felt last year on June 24 as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Fifty years of constitutional protection for abortion was gone. Almost immediately, states around the country began locking down access to legal abortion. Minnesota still had protections in state constitutional law, but supporters worried it wouldn’t hold. The ground seemed to be shifting rapidly. How would Minnesota respond?..."
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Minnesota lawmakers plan to solidify court’s rejection of abortion restrictions, limit state data reporting

"State courts have struck down a host of Minnesota limits on abortion, and while unenforceable, the Legislature is now expected to erase many of them entirely from the law books. That would mean the certain end to restrictions like a 24-hour waiting period that Republican legislators had sought to keep, according to Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester, who spoke to MinnPost on Saturday ahead of a conference committee’s release of final bill language.  Democrats who control the Legislature also plan to cut grant funding for pregnancy centers advocating against abortion. Liebling said a deal between the House and Senate would stop making…
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