Margaret Anderson Kelliher Stands Up for Reproductive Health and Choice

When all people have full control over their own health and reproductive freedom, they gain the agency to live by their own choices. We should all have access to the health care we need, no matter what.

I strongly support efforts to provide better access to contraception and ensure that people are empowered to make their own decisions about when to start and when to grow their families. While in the Minnesota Legislature, I was the chief author of bills to provide emergency contraception in emergency rooms. However, family planning shouldn’t just be an emergency decision.

I stand with organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide affordable, quality care to communities across the nation. In my own family, I was a client of Planned Parenthood in rural Minnesota as a student, and proudly share this with others. My own niece’s life was saved by a Planned Parenthood visit in Mankato where she was diagnosed with cancer in her early 20s. She is a survivor today because of early care and treatment: first for a contraceptive visit, but ultimately for her health. I am appalled by Republicans’ repeated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and will oppose any efforts to deprive anyone of access to the care and services they deserve.

I have always been a strong proponent of health care freedom, and I worked throughout my tenure in the Minnesota Legislature to protect women’s fundamental right to choose. I was the chief author of the Reproductive Privacy Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade in Minnesota and prevent the state from interfering in reproductive health decisions.

As Speaker of the House, I appointed pro-choice chairs to key health and budget committees, and I presided over narrow floor defeats of anti-choice amendments, breaking tie votes on legislation such as a proposed restriction to state-funded health programs. I also have been personally supportive of young doctors training to perform comprehensive reproductive services at the University of Minnesota.

Our health has been repeatedly attacked under this administration and Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanagh could affect decisions for the next half-century. In Congress, I will work with our Senators to fight this and any other attempts to undermine reproductive rights.