St. Paul, Minn – Earlier today, the Minnesotans for Trust, Respect, Access campaign announced a package of common-sense reproductive health care legislation. The two bills that were introduced are The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act and The Protect Physicians’ Integrity Act. These bills are authored respectively by Rep. Erin Murphy and Sen. Sandy Pappas, and Rep. Laurie Halverson and Sen. Matt Klein, M.D.
The Comprehensive Contraception Act bill author, Rep. Erin Murphy, said, “Now more than ever, it’s important to protect the right to affordable, accessible contraception and respect the family planning and medical decisions women make with their doctors.” Murphy continued, “The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act will remove barriers for women accessing contraception, while improving birth outcomes and reducing costs for both the state of Minnesota and private insurers.”
“It’s time for politicians to stop trying to dictate the content of conversations between health care providers and their patients,” said Rep. Laurie Halverson on The Protect Physicians’ Integrity Act. “All Minnesotans deserve to receive health care that is based on science, without bias or political interference. Legislated conversations between patients and doctors are nothing more than attempts to stop a woman from accessing an abortion under the false claim of ‘protecting women.’”
Riley Karbon, a patient of Family Tree Clinic, shared a first-hand account. “I was told by more than one doctor I couldn’t get the contraception I wanted because I wasn’t old enough at 22, or because I hadn’t had kids. This was false information. Then I found Family Tree.” She added, “Not only did Family Tree Clinic provide excellent care for my IUD insertion, but they also showed me what it was like to be completely respected by a healthcare professional.”
Sen. Matt Klein, M.D. said, “As a doctor, I believe that your relationship with your physician is a sacred trust. You expect to hear medically accurate information, informed by a compassionate understanding of your own circumstances. Unfortunately, politicians in Minnesota have mandated that women should receive politically motivated and medically inaccurate information. This bill will keep health care decisions where they belong: in the exam room.”
The Minnesotans for Trust, Access, Respect 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.