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Jenni Lane: One Among Many Women Whose Stories Michigan Lawmakers Don’t Want Us to Hear

Jenni Lane and her family

Far from being an exception to the rule, nearly all of the women affected by a ban on abortions after 20 weeks will be those making the excruciating choice to terminate a wanted pregnancy due to fetal anomalies incompatible with life. 

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In Rushing Anti-Abortion “Super-Bill” to House Floor, Committee Denies Women Opportunity to Testify

In spite of insufficient time for committee members to review the 50-pages of legislation, and a lack of expert testimony, the House committee passed HB 5711 by a vote of 13 to 5.

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Rep. Bruce Rendon’s Anti-Abortion “Super-Bill” On Fast Track in Michigan Legislature

Michigan State Rep. Bruce Rendon

Rendon’s HB 5711 is the first bill in the state to roll so many abortion restrictions into one package, threatening to create serious barriers to abortion access for both abortion-seeking women and abortion providers in one fell swoop.

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In Michigan, A Long List of Bills Attacking Reproductive Freedom

Over a dozen pieces of proposed extreme anti-choice legislation are currently at various stages of being passed into Michigan law. From personhood to ultrasounds, fetal pain bills to provider regulations, the proposed legislation in Michigan seems to represent every variety of anti-choice tactic we’ve witnessed in state legislations across the country in recent months.

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Violation by Ultrasound: Not Just Physical

While there has been much fury recently over Virginia’s recently proposed transvaginal ultrasound bill, other states’ anti-choice lawmakers have chosen the equally unacceptable route of psychological—rather than physical—violation of women.

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Standing with Planned Parenthood Without Apologizing for Abortion

We must stand with Planned Parenthood. But let’s not do so in a way that denies the extreme importance of all the services they provide. As advocates for reproductive justice, the last thing we can afford to do is allow ourselves to become complicit in the stigmatization of abortion.

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For Michigan Senate Republicans, Bullying is Wrong…Unless It’s in the Name of Religion

Following in the footsteps of 45 other states, Michigan was poised to adopt legislation that would require schools to develop an anti-bullying policy. At the last minute, however, language was added to the bill that places LGBTQ students in more danger instead of less: a specific allowance for bullying that is done in the name of religious belief.

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It’s Not About the Egg/Zygote/Embryo/Fetus: Re-claiming the Abortion Debate

Up until the latter half of the twentieth century, arguments against abortion focused primarily on enforcing traditional gender roles for women, not on “saving babies.” We need to reclaim the debate by focusing on women.

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Michigan Bill Reveals Anti-Choicers Hate Coercion, Unless They Are the Coercers

As far as HB 4799 is concerned, threatening to divorce your wife unless she gets an abortion has a $10,000 price tag. Threatening to divorce her if she gets an abortion, however, is perfectly acceptable. In fact, the state itself is perfectly willing to participate in coercion against abortion.

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Michigan Makes “Staggering” Cuts to Family Planning Services

Last week, the Michigan House appropriations committee voted to approve a budget that includes a staggering $201.4 million cut to community health funding. The budget will eliminate all state funding currently available for family planning.

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