Walz Vows To Defend Abortion Rights Against GOP Challenger
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a ban on so-called conversion therapy during a ceremony at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Walz said conversion therapy, the scientifically discredited practice of using therapy to "convert" LGBTQ people to heterosexuality or traditional gender expectations, is a "byzantine, tortuous practice." He said his order empowers state agencies to ensure that no Minnesotans under age 18 are subjected to it, and that insurance companies and state health plans don't cover it. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz is vowing to protect abortion rights in Minnesota, one of the few Midwestern states where abortion is expected to remain legal.

Walz said at a news conference Tuesday that Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has changed the dynamics of the campaign in Minnesota. He noted that Republican challenger Scott Jensen has said he supports a ban on all abortions except to save the life of the mother, even in cases of rape or incest.

Walz says the governor’s office is now the last line of defense against an abortion ban in Minnesota.