SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Senate has taken historic steps to protect the rights of Minnesotans to access the care they need to live their lives with passage of a ban on conversion therapy, the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act, and the Trans Refuge bill Friday.
Following the successful passage of the legislation, Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville), Representative Kaohly Her (DFL-St. Paul), and Senator Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chair of the bicameral Reproductive Freedom Caucus issued the following statement:
“As radical judges and legislatures across the country take steps to strip people of their rights and criminalize health care, Minnesota has taken a historic step forward in protecting the rights of anyone within our borders to receive the care they need to live their full lives.
“Minnesotans have made it clear that they support the right to reproductive health care, the right to gender-affirming care, and that the children of Minnesota should be protected from abusive practices like so-called conversion therapy. This legislation reflects the values and priorities we all share, and are worth celebrating.
“We have made tremendous progress this year in making sure the rights of Minnesotans are protected, but there is more work to be done. We will continue the fight to ensure all Minnesotans are able to afford and access the care they need, and that in the remaining weeks of session we pass the Reproductive Freedom Codification Act.”