Planned Parenthood: “Health care decisions should be left to a woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith — not politicians.”

The following is a statement from Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota President and CEO Sarah Stoesz on today’s developments in the North Dakota Legislature.


Jen Aulwes


Published: | Updated: 02.08.13

“Today, with a vote of 26 to 21 on the Senate floor, North Dakota legislators advanced a so-called “Personhood Constitutional Amendment.”  In addition, they advanced medically unnecessary regulations that are intentionally written to be impossible to comply with and could potentially put abortion access out of reach in North Dakota.  


“The defeat of ‘personhood’ state constitutional amendments all across the country from Colorado and Ohio to Mississippi and Oklahoma — sends a clear warning to the North Dakota legislature and Governor Dalrymple: health care decisions should be left to a woman, her family, her doctor, and her faith — not politicians.  North Dakotans expect real solutions to the real problems facing our state – not government intrusion into private medical decisions.  


“Politicians in North Dakota are wasting taxpayer time advancing what would no doubt become another divisive constitutional amendment with dangerous unintended consequences for North Dakota families. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight these legislative attacks on women’s health in partnership with a broad coalition of doctors, patients, teachers, lawyers and other concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.”

For more than 80 years, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota has worked in our region to make sure all people have the information and the means to make free and responsible decisions about whether and when to have children. Planned Parenthood operates 20 clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota and an Online Health Center, providing quality and affordable family planning, reproductive health care services and education to nearly 64,000 women and men each year.

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