Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Emphasizes the Importance of Minnesota at Reproductive Health Care Roundtable
For Immediate Release: Jan. 23, 2023 (Updated: Jan. 20, 2023, noon)
During a visit with abortion providers, Sec. Xavier Becerra highlighted the stark differences in abortion care across states in the Midwest
St. Paul, MN —Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) hosted Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra for a conversation with doctors from across Minnesota and Wisconsin about the new landscape of abortion access, as neighboring states have banned abortion.
“Our nation is at a critical juncture for reproductive health care,” said Ruth Richardson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States. “Across the country, people are struggling to access the health care they need, and the lack of access hurts marginalized communities the most. Planned Parenthood will continue our mission of providing health care equity to people in Minnesota and people from across the country travelling here for health care.”
Doctors across the country in states that ban abortion are finding themselves in a legal storm when trying to provide patients with the best possible care. With legislation in flux, they are often forced to choose between providing medically accurate, comprehensive reproductive health care or breaking the law.
"All we want as doctors is to provide the best care we can to our patients,” said Dr. Traxler, Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood North Central States. “As a medical community, we’re working together across state lines to make sure everyone gets the reproductive health care they need and deserve.”
Planned Parenthood North Central States and its subsidiary organizations provide, promote, and protect reproductive and sexual health through high quality care, education and advocacy. A member of America’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, our affiliate is proud to support and operate 30 health centers across our five-state region (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota). Each year, we provide health care to nearly 115,000 people and health education to more than 55,000 people in our region.