You can read an op-ed from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota CEO Sarah Stoesz in today's Star Tribune. Here's a sample:
As stated in "What's being done in your name: Abortion" (May 7), the Minnesota Supreme Court in Minnesota ruled in 1995 that state Medicaid dollars may be used for abortion. That's because every woman — no matter what her income is or where she gets her health coverage — should be able make a personal medical decision about her pregnancy based on what is best for her health and her family. Period.
This is sensible policy. Many things can happen in pregnancy that are beyond a woman's control. A woman facing an unintended or complicated pregnancy should not have to make the decision about whether or not to end her pregnancy based on whether she has enough money — it should be based on what is best for her health and her family’s circumstances. That's why the Minnesota Supreme Court decided to ensure that all women in our state will have access to the reproductive health care they need, regardless of their financial situation.
Leaders of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, in a May 7 commentary, erroneously claimed that "public funding means more abortions." The facts prove this is completely false. Minnesota has seen a 30 percent decrease in the abortion rate since the 1995 court ruling. Allowing women who rely on Medicaid the same rights and access as other women has not increased the abortion rate, and MCCL's claims to the contrary show a blatant disregard for the facts.