UnRestrict Minnesota Week of Action
Monday, Nov 29 – Friday, Dec 3
On Wednesday, December 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson, a case about an unconstitutional Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Abortion advocates and legal analysts have predicted that the majority-conservative Court will use this case to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that recognized our right to have an abortion before the point of “viability,” usually around 24 weeks.
This will be the first time the Court has heard arguments about a pre-viability abortion ban since it decided Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years ago. It could be one of the most critical days ever in our movement for abortion rights and access.
Minnesota could soon become the only state in the Upper Midwest where people can safely and legally access abortion care — but access remains too restricted to serve everyone who may come to our state seeking an abortion. We must act now.
Be loud about your support for abortion access!
Let’s get loud for abortion rights! Throughout the week, share why abortion is essential to you! Use the hashtags #abortionisessential and #unrestrictmn and the downloadable graphics at the end of this page.
- #abortionisessential to creating communities where everyone can thrive, but on Dec 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a Mississippi abortion case that could determine the future of abortion rights and access in America. #UnRestrictMN
Places to share
- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Email to Friends and Family
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Minnesota must move beyond Roe v. Wade
With abortion rights at risk, Minnesota must move beyond Roe v. Wade. Read about the likely impacts of Dobbs v. Jackson in this article in the Star Tribune. It was co-authored by Erin Maye Quade and Shayla Walker (Vision Realization Advisor, Our Justice and UnRestrict Minnesota Leadership Team Member).
“If the Supreme Court does overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing any state without legal protections for abortion to implement total or near-total abortion bans, this strain on health care resources will increase exponentially, further threatening access to abortion care even in states where abortion remains legal.
Minnesota will feel this pressure acutely. Every one of our neighbors in the Upper Midwest has a pre- or post-Roe abortion ban on their books, poised to take effect should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. That would make Minnesota, which protects the right to abortion in our state constitution, the only state in the region where people could seek safe and legal abortions.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that everyone who seeks an abortion in our state will be able to access care. For decades, even while Roe v. Wade has been the law of land, anti-abortion lawmakers have been quietly passing laws that restrict access to abortion care — an end-run around our legal rights. They have passed dozens of laws that make abortion care more scarce, more stigmatized, and more expensive, especially for pregnant people of color, young people, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people living in rural areas, people who are uninsured or underinsured, and people with lower incomes.”
Contact your Legislator
Help us make a difference by contacting your lawmakers today to ask for their support for the Patients Right to Know Act!
The Patients’ Right To Know Act gives healthcare providers the right to provide medically-accurate, evidence-based information to their patients without interference from lawmakers. The bill repeals current laws, and prohibits future laws, that require healthcare providers to give medically-inaccurate and/or irrelevant information to patients before they receive healthcare—including abortion care.
Events from our Community Partners
Pro-Choice Minnesota @ Tin Whiskers
Tuesday, November 30
Join Pro-Choice Minnesota at Tin Whiskers and meet your fellow Minnesotans who support reproductive freedom from 5 – 9 PM. Screening of UnPregnant at 7 pm. Come for the beer, stay for the movie, and leave with the tools to help protect abortion in Minnesota. Sign up here!
Listening Live to Supreme Court Abortion Hearings
Wednesday, December 1
You’re invited to listen to oral arguments with our friends at Gender Justice, virtually, while their legal and advocacy experts provide live commentary and analysis.
Join Gender Justice Legal Director Jess Braverman; Advocacy & Engagement Director and UnRestrict Minnesota Campaign Manager Erin Maye Quade; Executive Director Megan Peterson; and Senior Staff Attorney Christy Hall for a virtual live listening event on Wednesday, December 1st.
Register to join the Zoom call, and you can listen live to arguments at the Supreme Court while these experts provide commentary and engage with your questions and comments via text chat.
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Pre-Hearing Discussion
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Supreme Court Oral Arguments & Live Analysis
10:30 – 11 a.m. – Post-Hearing Recap & Analysis
It’ll be a long morning. Join for as much of the discussion as you’d like!
Be in community with other abortion advocates, and get live arguments from the Court and analysis from experts, all in one place.
Space for this event is limited, and spots are going fast! Register today.