Thousands expected to rally for abortion access Sunday at Minnesota Capitol
Pro-abortion access advocates said they expect thousands would converge in St. Paul to demonstrate in support of safe, legal abortion services in Minnesota. The demonstration comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
ST. PAUL — Abortion rights supporters on Friday, July 15, said they expect thousands will demonstrate at the Minnesota Capitol on Sunday, July 17, as part of a march to expand access to safe and legal abortion services.
The rally comes weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court struck the federal constitutional right to an abortion and days after a district court judge in St. Paul blocked several Minnesota restrictions on abortion, ruling that they were unconstitutional.
Abortion remains legal in Minnesota due to a 1995 state Supreme Court ruling that upholds the right to an abortion under the Minnesota Constitution. But neighboring states have enacted or plan to enact bans that outlaw legal abortions.
Abortion rights advocates said Minnesota could become a leader in the region and nationally in expanding access to legal abortion services. And they urged state and federal policymakers to pass legislation that reduces restrictions on the procedure.
“Now is the time to mobilize and demand that Minnesota meet the challenge of this moment as a beacon of compassion and personal freedom, not only for our fellow Minnesotans, but anyone seeking abortion care in our state," Abena Abraham, campaign director of pro-abortion rights group UnRestrict Minnesota, said.
In the weeks since those laws have taken effect, abortion providers in Minnesota have reported a surge in demand for medical and surgical abortions. And leaders at Planned Parenthood have called on additional health care providers to offer abortion services to help meet the demand.
The "Our Future: March for Abortion Access" is set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday outside St. Paul College. Gov. Tim Walz and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, are set to speak at a rally following the march, along with other elected officials.