Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, ruling that a person’s right to choose to have an abortion is protected by the privacy rights guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However anti-abortion politicians have been chipping away at abortion access for decades, with many successes in recent years. Their purpose is to push safe and legal abortion out of reach altogether — as we’ve seen recently in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri.
Since 1995, when the MN Supreme Court found our constitution protects abortion rights, anti-abortion lawmakers in Minnesota have proposed nearly 400 new restrictions, and in the past two legislative sessions alone, they’ve proposed 50 — including a 2018 bill to fully ban abortion. The lack of access to abortion care is a crisis unfolding across the nation makes Minnesota’s role as a strong leader for reproductive rights even more critical. It’s has never been more urgent to strengthen protections for access to abortion care.