2024 Legislative Agenda

Gender Justice’s mission is to advance gender equity through the law. One way we do this is by advocating for impactful legislation. Here’s what we are working towards this year.

Fortify Protections for Gender
and Reproductive Freedom

Equal Rights Amendment

The Minnesota Equal Rights Amendment would guarantee every Minnesotan the same exact rights under the law.

It would offer everyone the strongest possible protections against discrimination by the state based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, or sex — including pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

Bill Numbers: SF 37 / HF 173
Chief Authors:
Sen. Mary Kunesh, Rep. Kaohly Her

Remove the Roadblocks to
Affordable and Accessible Care

Mandate Insurance Coverage for Abortion

Requires state and private health insurance plans in Minnesota to cover abortion care.

Currently, abortion care is carved out of many health plans. To ensure equitable access, abortion care needs to be treated like other essential health care.

Bill Numbers: SF SF 3967 
Chief Authors:
Sen. Alice Mann

Funding for abortion clinics

We need a sustainable abortion provider ecosystem in Minnesota to not only address the needs of Minnesotans, but also the influx of patients we have seen as a result of the national attacks on abortion access.

The majority of patients served by clinics that provide abortion care are covered by Medical Assistance/Medicaid and Medicaid reimbursements that clinics receive for appointments cover less than half of the cost of providing abortion care, making it challenging for clinics to keep their doors open.

This has contributed to clinic closures, lack of access, and longer wait times. One-time funding is needed to help ensure that clinics can stay open and that Minnesotans and people traveling from out of state can continue to receive care.

Promote Healthy Families and
Advance Reproductive Justice

Ban on pelvic and breast exams on unconscious patients without consent

Bans medical providers from performing pelvic or breast exams on unconscious patients, a practice used in medical training, without the patient’s prior consent.

Bill Numbers: SF 3873  
Chief Authors:
Sen. Erin Murphy

Insurance coverage for gender affirming care

Requires private health insurance providers to cover gender affirming health care. In 2015, the Department of Commerce and Department of Health required gender affirming health care coverage. This bill protects and codifies gender affirming care health care.

Bill Numbers: SF 2209 / HF 2607
Chief Authors: Sen. Scott Dibble, Rep. Leigh Finke

Uniform Parentage Act

Update Minnesota’s parenting laws to address needs for LGBTQ+ families, specifically around recognizing both same-sex parents as birth parents on legal documentation.

Bill Numbers: SF 3504 / HF 3567
Chief Authors:
Sen. Erin Maye Quade, Rep. Athena Hollins

Insurance coverage for over the counter contraceptives

Requires insurance coverage of over the counter contraceptives

Minnesota Building Families Act

This bill requires all health insurance plans that provide maternity benefits to provide comprehensive coverage for fertility treatments.

The bill would help ensure more equitable access to fertility treatments across income level, relationship status, and reason for infertility.

Bill Numbers: SF 1704 / HF 1658
Chief Authors: Sen. Erin Maye Quade, Rep. Jeff Brand

Nonprofit grant funding to support LGBTQ people relocating

Funding to support LGBTQ people and families moving to Minnesota from states with anti-LGBTQ laws.

Bill Numbers: SF 3502 / HF 3386
Chief Authors: Sen. Erin Maye Quade, Rep. Leigh Finke

Statewide health education standards

Health education standards are the only required academic standard not set at the state level. We want to ensure that all students have access to medically accurate, comprehensive health education — including sex education, violence prevention, and education on healthy relationships.

Bill Numbers: SF 3746 / HF 3682
Chief Authors: Sen. Mary Kunesh, Rep. Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn

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