People should have the right to make their own decisions about their reproductive health care. Millions of Americans have now lost that right. For these Americans, deeply personal decisions about when and how to become a parent are now in the hands of politicians. That will put women's lives at risk and cause suffering for their families.
On the other hand, we received some good news in this area in Minnesota in the last few weeks. First was Governor Walz’s executive order to protect people coming to Minnesota seeking abortions (and those caring form them). And then last week, a state court struck down many of Minnesota’s outdated and harmful abortion restrictions
Abortion remains legal in Minnesota. But protecting that right in our state, and standing with those who have lost that right in other states, is going to take a fight. As a founding member of the Reproductive Freedom Caucus, I’m ready for that fight.
National Progress on Gun Violence Prevention
This summer started with horrific and well-publicized mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. But we know that gun violence impacts our community every day. I certainly see that in my work as a prosecutor outside of the Legislature. As the longtime House author of the bill to require criminal background checks, I know that there is so much more that we could do to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
In Minnesota, these steps continue to be blocked by the Republican-controlled Senate. But nationally, there was some good news as President Biden signed into law a bipartisan package of modest but still-important reforms. I hope and pray that we can build on this work, escape the cycle that we are in, and keep all of us safer.
COVID News: Vaccines for Young Kids, and Free At-Home COVID Tests
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for children who are six months old or older. Both vaccines were carefully studied and can help protect children from severe disease, hospitalization, and death. They’re administered in smaller doses and packaged differently than vaccines that are available for older children and adults.
More than 300 providers in Minnesota are offering vaccines to children between six months and five years of age, including pediatricians, pharmacies, and community clinics. Parents and guardians can use the Vaccine Locator Map to find local providers. More information about COVID vaccines for children is available at mn.gov/vaxforkids.