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Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day 2022

With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s more important than ever that we let politicians know we’re done letting them play politics with our reproductive care. Join the ⅔  of Minnesotans who agree that people should be able to access healthcare for abortion without the government interfering and and make your voice heard on Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day 2022!

By coming together on Lobby Day, we can make sure legislators know how much support there is for reproductive freedom legislation—including the Patients’ Right to Know Act, which would establish a right for healthcare providers to give evidence-based information to their patients. We know that it will take ​all of us ​working together, and with our lawmakers, to protect and expand access to abortion care – and all reproductive health care.

At Lobby Day, you will get the resources and training you need to be equipped to talk to your state legislator about why reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy are critical for your health, livelihood, and future. If your legislator supports reproductive freedom, you will have the chance to share information and messaging tips with them to ensure they are well prepared to stand up for Minnesotans right to make their own healthcare decisions. We’ll ask our legislators to stand up for what Minnesotans really need and not make our reproductive decisions for us.

Primary Lobby Day Goals:

  • Demonstrate the overwhelming public support for reproductive freedom in Minnesota.
  • Bolster legislators’ confidence to proactively speak about abortion.
  • Ask your legislators if they will support and co-author the Patients’ Right to Know Act.
  • Show our legislators the power and diversity of our coalition.
  • Share our Reproductive Justice Legislative Agenda.

Thank you for joining us to advocate for every Minnesotan’s right to make healthy decisions about if and when to become a parent.

Participant Materials

Couldn’t make it? You can watch the event here!

Lobbying 101

About UnRestrict Minnesota 

Hustling through the Hoops of Healthcare Interactive Panel 

Keynote with Kamyon Conner (Executive Director, Texas Equall Access Fund)

Minnesota Reproductive Freedom Caucus Panel & Closing

Lobby Day Events

What to Expect at Lobby Day

We’re planning a series of events throughout the day; attendees are welcome to join for as many as they would like! All events will be held virtually.

**To accommodate legislators’ busy schedules, lobby meetings will take place throughout the day, including during other scheduled events. If we were able to schedule a meeting with your legislator(s), you would have received an email from us with details about the meeting.**

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Welcome & Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day Training

During this opening session, campaign organizers will walk you through how to lobby your legislators. The training will cover UnRestrict Minnesota’s legislative agenda, give details about our signature bill: The Patients’ Right to Know Act, and provide abortion and reproductive freedom messaging guidance. We’ll discuss strategies for sharing your personal story with legislators, because we know that reproductive freedom and abortion access touches many people’s lives uniquely, and it is important for lawmakers to hear these different stories and perspectives. 

If your legislator is unable to meet with you, we will share sample emails that you can customize and send to your legislator urging them to support our reproductive freedom legislative agenda, including signing on to be a co-author of the Patients’ Right To Know Act.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Get to Know UnRestrict Minnesota and Your Neighbors!

Leaders of the campaign will introduce UnRestrict Minnesota, talk about the meaning of reproductive justice, and ground us in the goals for the day. We’ll also break out into our senate districts to get to know each other before the scheduled legislator meetings.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Hustling through the Hoops of Healthcare: An Interactive Panel on Abortion Access

How hard is it to access abortion care in Minnesota? Join UnRestrict coalition partners – advocates, providers, faith leaders, patient support coordinators – for an interactive session walking through the process. Drawing from their real-life expertise, our panelists will demonstrate the barriers to accessing abortion care and introduce you to the resources and people who provide support along the way.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Keynote with Kamyon Conner, Texas Equal Access Fund

Kamyon Conner, the Executive Director of the Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund, an abortion fund in north Texas, will share what life has been like in Texas post SB 8, also known as the “heartbeat bill”, that bans abortions at approximately six weeks of pregnancy. And with the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s more important than ever that we learn from leaders like Kamyon and TEA Fund as they navigate one of the most extreme abortion bans in the U.S.

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Minnesota Reproductive Freedom Caucus Panel & Closing

Hear from the Chairs of the inaugural Reproductive Freedom Legislative Caucus about the political landscape in the Minnesota legislature and what you can do to help them advance a reproductive freedom agenda.