St. Paul, Minn – State Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) was joined by DFL legislators at a press conference today to announced a package of common-sense reproductive health care bills. The first bill removes barriers for women to access contraception and the second is designed to ensure all Minnesotans receive health care that is based on science, without bias or political interference.
Sen. Pappas is the Senate author of the one of the bills in the package – the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. This proposal will help ensure all women can afford and access contraception. “The reality is, the consistent use of contraceptives reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies and the number of abortions,” Sen. Pappas said. “This bill gives all women affordable access to contraceptives; guaranteeing 12-month coverage, no cost sharing, no deductibles, no co-payments. If this bill becomes law, Minnesota can guarantee reliable, affordable access to birth control for all women and reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.”
The second bill introduced as part of this package is the Protect Physicians’ Integrity Act. This legislation guarantees all Minnesotans receive health care information that is based on science, without bias or political interference. The bill also asserts the rights of doctors and attempts to do away with a law passed in 2003 that requires doctors to provide medically inaccurate information to their female patients about abortion procedures.
The bills are the cornerstone of the Minnesotans for Trust, Access, Respect campaign. This campaign believes all people in Minnesota deserve access to the reproductive health care they need, including abortion and contraception, without harassment or intimidation. Coalition members include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund, Pro-Choice Resources and Gender Justice, who work in partnership with The Public Leadership Institute. You can follow the campaign on Twitter @MN4Acesss or by visiting www.MN4Access.org.
Other legislators taking part in the press conference include: Senator Matt Klein, MD, Senator Dan Schoen, Representative Laurie Halverson, and Representative Erin Murphy.