The consequences of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and eliminating the constitutional right to abortion have been devastating.
Since the decision, 15 states have ended nearly all abortion services. Thirteen states have near-total or total abortion bans, including our neighbors in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Today, more than 23 million women of reproductive age—one in three—live in one of the states with an abortion ban currently in effect.
In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz and Democrats have protected and expanded access to abortion care.
Governor Walz signed the Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act into law. The PRO Act established the fundamental right for every Minnesotan to make decisions about their reproductive health care, including the right to abortion, contraception, fertility treatment, and to carry a pregnancy to term.
Walz also signed the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act to ensure that patients traveling to Minnesota for abortion care and their providers are protected from legal attacks and criminal penalties from other states that have banned abortion.