ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan released the following statements highlighting the stakes of the 2022 Minnesota gubernatorial election in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade:
“Reproductive rights are on the ballot in November, and the stakes could not be higher. The governor’s office is now the last line of defense against an abortion ban in Minnesota,” said Gov. Walz. “My opponent has pledged to use this decision to ban abortion without exceptions for rape and incest. This is my pledge: not on my watch.”
Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan have been staunch supporters of reproductive rights in Minnesota. Gov. Walz has pledged to veto an abortion ban if one is sent to his desk.
“This disastrous ruling leaves Minnesotans with a clear choice. As long as we are in the governor’s office, Gov. Walz and I will not put anti-choice judges on the state Supreme Court and we will block any anti-choice legislation,” said Lt. Gov. Flanagan. “The Republican ticket has promised to pass one of the most extreme abortion bans in the nation – we cannot let that happen. We ask Minnesotans to come together to protect our reproductive rights from a dangerous anti-choice agenda.”
Scott Jensen has promised to ban abortion in Minnesota, including for victims of rape and incest. According to a recent nonpartisan poll, 80% of Minnesotans and 63% of Minnesota Republicans oppose banning abortion for victims of rape.
Jensen has selected a similarly extreme running mate in Matt Birk, who has compared Planned Parenthood to the KKK.