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Local Planned Parenthood leaders react to Supreme Court leak

What is Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion access case?
Published: May. 3, 2022 at 7:54 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - -- In response to the Supreme Court’s leaked draft, officials from reproductive health organizations spoke out Tuesday about their plan of action if Roe v. Wade gets overturned.

According to officials, 23 states will see an immediate ban on abortion if the law is overturned.

In our region, North and South Dakota are two of those states.

Some states will have access to abortion regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, including Minnesota.

“Abortion will remain legal in Minnesota, there is no provision in state law that would overturn abortion. Moreover, there is a Minnesota Supreme Court decision that protects access to abortion in Minnesota,” said Sarah A. Stoesz, Planned Parenthood President, and CEO.

In Wisconsin, the fate of Roe v. Wade could be determined by an old law created in 1849 banning abortion.

According to Planned Parenthood leaders, that law is a criminal abortion ban that’s still on the state’s statute books and has never been repealed.

Mike Murray, Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin has said the law is incredibly restrictive.

“That ban is a complete ban on abortion at any stage of pregnancy and does not include any exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the mother or pregnant person. It only includes very rare exceptions in cases where the mother’s life is in danger,” said Murray.

The representatives from Planned Parenthood in both Minnesota and Wisconsin said this decision is not legally binding, it’s a draft, and their services are still legal across the entire country.

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