Abortion is essential health care. Stop restricting access during the pandemic. March 31, 2020, Planned Parenthood
- At least six states have tried to use COVID-19 as an excuse to restrict abortion. Officials in Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Mississippi, and Oklahoma issued executive orders deeming abortion “non-essential” or “elective.” In other states, like Kentucky, officials are attempting to bully doctors and Democratic lawmakers into stopping abortion care.
- As of March 30, federal judges temporarily halted the bans in three states, which is a great start—but we need to keep fighting.
Roe At Risk, Planned Parenthood, Feb 8, 2020
Detroit Free Press, Oct 29, 2019
Whitmer, Democrats introduce bills to protect access to abortion in Michigan
Washington Post, Oct 4, 2019
The Supreme Court will review a restrictive Louisiana law that gives the justices the chance to reconsider a recent ruling protecting abortion rights.
- The court said Friday it would consider whether the 2014 law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals unduly burdens women’s access to abortion. Clinic owners said the effect of the law would be to close most of the state’s abortion clinics and leave the state with only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure. The law is almost identical to a Texas law that the Supreme Court struck down in 2016. But in that case, now retired justice Anthony M. Kennedy joined the court’s four liberals to form a majority. Since then, President Trump has added two new justices who were enthusiastically supported by antiabortion groups.
ACLU Michigan, Sept 12, 2019
The State of Abortion Rights in Michigan
- Despite strong public support for reproductive freedom, Michigan legislators have joined in efforts to overturn Roe v Wade. At least a dozen anti-choice bills have been introduced in the state House and Senate this session. Although Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has promised vetoes, other strategies are underway that don’t require the governor’s signature to become law.
ACLU Michigan, Sept 9, 2019
Abortion rights are under attack like never before
Lansing State Journal, Aug 21, 2019
Federal change could disrupt reproductive health services for 42K Michiganders
Aug 8, 2019, Detroit Free Press
We should be terrified: What Michigan women should know if abortion becomes illegal
Click on Detroit, May 24, 2019
Here are Michigan’s rules on abortion — how do they compare to other states?
May 14, 2019, Detroit Free Press
Republicans in House, Senate pass anti-abortion bills after emotional debate
April 15, 2019, Michigan.gov
Attorney General Dana Nessel Joins Coalition to Protect Women’s Reproductive Rights
- LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel late Friday joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general to protect women’s rights in filing a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, supporting Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic in Jackson Women’s Health Organization, et al. v. State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, et al.
The case challenges a Mississippi law that prohibits doctors from providing abortion services after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The coalition argues that state laws cannot prohibit a woman from her constitutionally protected right under Roe v. Wade to terminate her pregnancy before viability.