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. On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Even when Roe was the law of the land, anti-abortion politicians had 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.
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 dozens — including multiple bills to fully ban abortion. The lack of access to abortion care is a crisis unfolding across the nation – making Minnesota’s role as a strong leader for reproductive rights even more critical. It has never been more urgent to strengthen protections for access to abortion care.