Reactions to possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned; plus remembering Walter Mondale

A woman greets attendants at the capitol
Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., greets the attendants during Asian Pacific Minnesotans rally at Minnesota State Capitol on April 21, 2022 in St. Paul.
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A leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion indicates a majority on the court supports overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The opinion is not official yet, but the potential end of the constitutional right to abortion has sparked questions about abortion access, other rights that could be at risk and how this issue will deepen political divisions before the midterm elections. 

This week, Politics Friday host Mike Mulcahy is joined by U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and state Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, to get their thoughts on what this means for Minnesotans. 

Plus, family, friends and political leaders gathered in Minneapolis last Sunday to remember former Vice President Walter Mondale. We’ll hear Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham’s remarks from the memorial service.

Don’t miss Politics Friday with Mike Mulcahy at 12 p.m. Friday.


  • U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn.

  • State Sen. Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake

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