Last week, Minnesota GOP state legislators introduced a bill modeled after Texas’ infamous anti-choice law, previewing the anti-choice agenda that Republican gubernatorial candidates have vowed to rubber-stamp
The Republican gubernatorial candidates have promised to eliminate the right to choose in Minnesota
[ST. PAUL, MN] — After a draconian anti-choice bill was introduced by Minnesota GOP state legislators last week, the Walz-Flanagan campaign announced endorsements from prominent pro-choice organizations, including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, EMILY’s List, and Women Winning.
The GOP legislation is modeled after Texas’ infamous anti-choice law. It aims to eliminate abortion access by allowing private citizens to sue abortion providers and collect bounty hunter style rewards.
“This attack on choice is a preview of the GOP strategy to ban abortion access in Minnesota,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “While the Republican candidates for governor have promised to eliminate the right to choose in Minnesota, Governor Walz and I have been staunch supporters of access to reproductive health care. If Roe is overturned, we will fight to codify abortion access into law.”
In the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned at the federal level, the Republican candidates for governor have pledged to go even farther, promising to appoint anti-choice judges to the Minnesota judiciary and to pass legislation to challenge Doe v. Gomez, the Minnesota State Supreme Court ruling protecting abortion rights at the state level in Minnesota.
At a recent GOP candidate forum, Michelle Benson promised to “break” Doe v. Gomez. Scott Jensen promised to rubber stamp the agenda of anti-choice interest groups like Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, saying he would “sign anything that they said that we should do.” Paul Gazelka promised to sign any anti-choice legislation that came to his desk and has previously endorsed a Texas-style anti-abortion bill.