Senate DFL Statement on Dobbs Decision Anniversary

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) and Reproductive Freedom Caucus Chair Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville) release the following statement marking the anniversary:

“Fifty years after Roe v. Wade established the right to an abortion, the Dobbs decision turned the clock back on freedom. This ruling undermined the bodily autonomy of half of the country and kickstarted a race to the bottom, with states passing draconian laws that force people to carry life-threatening pregnancies or travel out of state for treatment. 

“The contrast between those states and Minnesota could not be starker. In Minnesota, voters chose a governor and legislative majorities to protect their rights at the state level. With that majority, we enshrined the right to reproductive autonomy, including abortion, in state law; we protected our healthcare providers and any patients who come to Minnesota seeking reproductive care; we struck antiquated, medically unsound laws on reproductive healthcare from Minnesota’s legal code; and we secured insurance coverage for abortions for nearly all Minnesotans. With these actions and more, we affirm that Minnesota is a place where freedom matters. The Dobbs decision cast a shadow over our country, but the North Star State remains a beacon of freedom, equality and dignity for all.”

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