As a special session looms before us, there is a lot that remains undetermined for the state of Minnesota. However, with the regular 2015 Legislative Session behind us, one thing we do know is that women’s health and Planned Parenthood fared very well. Naturally, these successes didn’t come without a fight.
For five long months, the 2015 Minnesota Legislative Session kept us on our toes. But last month when two anti-women’s health amendments were added to the House Health and Human Services Omnibus Finance Bill, we went on high alert.
Thankfully, our champions in the Minnesota state Senate partnered with Governor Dayton and protected women's health. Together they said no to the two horrible provisions that would harm Minnesotan women and families and stripped them from the final version of the Health and Human Services Finance Bill. Instead of closing down clinics and making abortion inaccessible for those with the greatest need, our fearless leaders prioritized the health of our community.
Even more, in the final budget discussions our champions were able to negotiate a $2 million increase for family planning services. What a way to end the session! Not only did our elected officials protect women’s health, they fought for more resources that keep our community healthy.
Join me in thanking Governor Dayton for making reproductive health a priority in Minnesota.