ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Jan. 28, the Minnesota Senate passed SF 1, also known as the PRO Act, to enshrine Minnesotans’ right to reproductive healthcare in state law. The bill is chief authored by Senator Jennifer McEwan (DFL-Duluth) and co-authored by Senator Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis), Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley), Senator Kelly Morrison (DFL-Deephaven), and Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville).
Senator Susan Pha (DFL-Brooklyn Park) joined her colleagues in a 34-33 vote to approve the bill and hailed its passage as a victory for reproductive freedom.
“The PRO Act upholds Minnesotans’ fundamental right to reproductive freedom,” said Senator Pha. “This bill aligns Minnesotan law with the consensus of voters: Health care decisions should be made between individuals and their medical professionals, not by politicians.”
“Throughout months of door knocking during my campaign, I heard my constituents’ call to protect reproductive rights, loud and clear,” Senator Pha continued. “We heard you, and I’m proud to have cast my vote for a Minnesota that values freedom, autonomy, and compassion.”
The House passed the PRO Act 69 yeas to 65 nays on Jan. 19. The bill will now move to Governor Walz’s desk to be signed into law.