President Obama holds the final news conference of his presidency.
There are 26 states in the U.S that have severely restricted access to reproductive health services, and although Minnesota isn’t on that list, new research suggests the state is out of step with the views of women.
A new 50-state report by NARAL Pro-Choice America characterized Minnesota as offering women “some access” – more than most other Midwestern states – but said the state is still in need of improvement. The group’s National Political Director Joel Foster said most Americans support a woman’s right to chose.
“Based on the extensive research that we’ve done, seven-in-ten Americans support keeping abortion legal,” Foster said. “That’s not just a majority – that’s a consensus. And that consensus includes people from all parts of the country, and of all political leanings.”
The report said that Minnesota imposes abortion restrictions that are “medically unneccesary,” and prohibits some qualified healthcare professionals from providing the procedure. It also said that 95 percent of Minnesota counties have no abortion clinic.
Sunday rally at Minnesota capitol
President Obama delivers his final weekly address thanking the American people for making him a better President and a better man.
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