Minnesota bill: states that EVERY INDIVIDUAL has a fundamental right to make individual autonomous health decisions

This post is not about Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Gomez or Abortion rights in general. Our Declaration of Independence https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life%2C_Liberty_and_the_pursuit_of_Happiness states the following: We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness

Is this just one more example of bureaucrats at numerous levels of city/county/state/federal – slicing & dicing the sacred & undeniable rights granted to each and everyone of the citizens of the USA. I wonder if any of these women who are seeking an abortion in MN, would also have individual autonomous health decisions about her PAIN MANAGEMENT ?


Abortion rights advocates said Minnesota bill is necessary to make it more difficult for a judge to erode abortion rights in the future

After 15 hours of contentious debate, the Minnesota Senate passed legislation early Saturday morning that guarantees the right to abortion, a bill pro-life Republicans have called the “most extreme” in the nation. 

The Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act passed the state Senate 34-33, after Republicans had unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill 35 times. The bill states that “every individual has a fundamental right to make autonomous decisions about the individual’s own reproductive health.” 

Democrats had fast-tracked the legislation in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last summer to overturn Roe v. Wade – ending federal protections for abortion. While the right to abortion was previously guaranteed in a 1995 decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court, Doe v. Gomez, abortion rights activists and Democrats said the PRO act was necessary to codify abortion rights into state law, as well as rights to contraception, fertility treatment, and pregnancy. 

“What Minnesotans are afraid of is to see, potentially, that what happened at the federal level with our U.S. Supreme Court could eventually, in some future time, happen here in Minnesota,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Jennifer McEwen, a Democrat from Duluth. “The decisions of our courts, the upholding of our fundamental human rights, are only as strong as the judges who uphold them.”

Abortion protesters on both sides pack the halls outside the Minnesota Senate chamber on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Pro-life and pro-choice protesters flocked to the Minnesota State Capitol building to voice their opinions on the PRO Act Friday. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Supporters of the bill say it will not change the status quo in Minnesota. 

“The PRO Act solidifies Minnesotans’ human rights into state law and is an insurance policy that our rights won’t be taken away by politicians or judges,” said Dr. Sarah Traxler, chief medical officer at Planned Parenthood North Central States. 

“All I want, and doctors across Minnesota want, is to provide the best care we can to our patients. And by passing the PRO Act into state law, the Minnesota Legislature will allow us to do just that,” she added in a statement. 

The Minnesota Senate passed a bill Saturday to write broad protections for abortion rights into state statutes, which would make it difficult for future courts to roll back. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Opponents disagree, arguing the bill establishes a right to abortion up until the moment of birth. Republicans had attempted to amend the bill with “guard rails” that would restrict abortions in the third-trimester, but the newly-elected Democratic majority blocked their amendments. 

“Today we are not just codifying Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Gomez, as the author has indicated, we are enacting the most extreme bill in the country,” said Republican Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson, of East Grand Forks during debate. 

The PRO Act now heads to Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s desk for his signature. He has said he supports the bill and will sign it into law. 

3 Responses

  1. There a few lines in that declaration i choose to adhere to..Whats crazy is when i asked a lawyer if it was the law of the land,,he claimed it was NATURAL LAW,, wth is that,,,???When any government ,”evinces by design, to reduce its citizens to absolute despotism, it is our right,our duty to alter such governments,,,as Evil is sufferable,,it is up to mankind to put policy and laws in place that do NOT, cause absolute despotism, and this is the exact OPPOSITE,, of what the KOLODNY’s mafia has done.There are those who keep sayen,,,but there are others,,look up ,”group think,” in shrink land,,U cut the head of the SNAKE OFF and these cowards,who go after the weakest,the sick,the dying,thee elderly,,they will slither back under the rocks the came from,If there is 1 thing chronic physical pain due to medical has taught us, facing death everyday,,is courage,,,to get up everyday and fight,,if you can,,,I get it,,CPP takes it out of all of us,,IT IS NOT MY PLACE TO JUDGE ANYONE NOR OTHERS PLACE,,,to judge the medically ill,,,and i fault no-one for just being sooooooo exhausted,they can’t do it anymore,,were all adults here,,ur life,,your choice,,,but keep in mind,,,thats what they want,,”let em die off,”but to put in place POLICED PUBLIC POLICYS THAT LITERALLY ARE KILLING PEOPLE,,, thats evincing by design to create absolute despotism,,,we have a right to fight back,,however we see fit,,
    What also get me,,is how those men were so wise???300 years ago??I guess there are unwritten laws ,RED LINES, u should never cross for a humane civilized society,,jmo,,maryw

  2. Jhonson another politician that makes bank off of Indivior stock.
    On a better note we can use legislation like this to help get healthcare back into the hands of patients and out of the greedy clutches of the DEA/PROP/CDC.

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