ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Thursday, as the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision approaches, Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley), chief author of the Reproductive Freedom Codification Act (SF 70), met with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra to provide updates on the current landscape of reproductive health access in Minnesota and how the Minnesota Legislature is leading on advancing reproductive freedom across the region.
“The Minnesota Constitution is clear: Every Minnesotan has the right to decide if, when and how they become a parent without government interference,” said Senator Maye Quade. “In three separate court cases spanning almost five decades, Minnesota courts have affirmed time and again that the abortion restrictions passed by this legislature are unconstitutional and interfere with Minnesotans’ right to make personal and private decisions about their bodies and lives. The Reproductive Freedom Codification Act removes these unconstitutional restrictions from our statutory code and outdated and archaic laws from our books.
“Along with the PRO Act (SF 1), the Reproductive Freedom Codification Act (SF 70) and the Reproductive Freedom Defense Act (SF 165) allow Minnesota to step forward and be a beacon of compassion, care, and personal freedom not only to our fellow Minnesotans, but also to people across the U.S. whose rights and access to care are in peril,” Senator Maye Quade continued.
The Reproductive Freedom Codification Act made its first appearance in the Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday. After hearing testimony and discussing the bill, the committee passed it onto the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.