Saturday, January 22, marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade that gave us the right to abortion.
With the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seizing the opportunity to challenge abortion rights, conservatives in Minnesota need to be held accountable for the anti-choice policies they threaten to bring to the state.
Every conservative Minnesota governor candidate, including Paul Gazelka, Scott Jensen, Kendall Qualls, and Michelle Benson, supports restricting access to safe, legal abortion.
Paul Gazelka, Michelle Benson, and Scott Jensen have a long anti-choice record in the state Senate. In 2017, all three candidates supported dangerous legislation with restrictive licensing guidelines for abortion facilities. In 2019, Gazelka and Benson cosponsored an abortion-busting bill that introduced a Texas-style 20-week abortion ban.
In his 2020 campaign for Congress, Kendall Qualls was endorsed by a known anti-choice organization, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.
And most recently, at the latest conservative gubernatorial debate, all the conservative candidates committed to restricting abortion access if elected.
Abortion restrictions disproportionately harm Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, immigrants, and those having difficulty making ends meet. No matter where you live or how much money you make, everyone deserves access to health care without barriers or political roadblocks.
Abortion is essential health care. With Roe v. Wade in jeopardy, Minnesota needs leaders who will protect our reproductive freedom at the state level, not conservatives who want to steal our right to choose.
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