SAINT PAUL, Minn. – On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a woman has a constitutional right to choose to have an abortion.
In the eighteen months since the Supreme Court took away this fundamental constitutional right, we have seen several states enact restrictive and dangerous abortion bans, endangering the lives of pregnant people and exacerbating disparities already in existence throughout our healthcare system.
Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth) served as chief author of the Protect Reproductive Options Act during the 2023 legislative session, which codified every Minnesotan’s fundamental right to make decisions about their own reproductive health, including the right to use or refuse reproductive health care, to continue a pregnancy and give birth, and to obtain an abortion. McEwen issued the following statement regarding the 51st anniversary of Roe v Wade:
“I take pride in the work we’ve done to make Minnesota a safe haven for reproductive healthcare access. Our pro-reproductive freedoms majority is committed to safeguarding Minnesotans’ rights and freedoms. Moving forward, we will continue to protect and expand our reproductive rights, so all Minnesotans can exercise their right to make decisions about their own bodies.”