Women’s Rights

Dems attempt to tie GOP oversight bills to abortion rights, contraceptive access measures

BY: - June 21, 2022

While a House panel voted nearly three dozen GOP bills out of committee Tuesday — with many aimed at reducing the state’s emergency powers or repealing “outdated” or “bad” laws — Democratic members tried to put their own footprint on the package by proposing the bills be tied to measures that would enshrine rights to […]

House Dems have a bill to make grooming a crime, but Republicans aren’t signing on 

BY: - June 17, 2022

As many Republicans push conspiracies about schoolchildren being “groomed” in public schools, a bill introduced by Democrats in the Michigan House that would create a legal pathway to prosecute people who “groom” minors in sexual abuse cases idles, untouched by the Republican majority.  Grooming has now become a political attack word, advocates for the bill […]

‘Get with the program, or we vote you out’

BY: - June 15, 2022

Wiping sweat from foreheads under a relentless June sun, the speakers at Mothering Justice’s 10th annual “Mama’s March” — mothers and lawmakers and reproductive health leaders and activists — took to the podium Wednesday outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. There, they turned towards the Capitol, a towering mountain of brick and sandstone, and issued […]

New: Whitmer says banning abortion could have ‘incredible economic impact’ in Michigan

BY: - June 14, 2022

Following a draft decision from the U.S. Supreme Court leaked last month that showed the right-wing-majority court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that enshrined the right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is among many Michiganders anxiously awaiting the final decision that could come any […]

Nessel: Same-sex marriage will likely fall and create ‘havoc’ after Roe does

BY: - June 5, 2022

Before she became Michigan’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Dana Nessel was a private attorney who argued a marriage equality case that ultimately became part of the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court decision. That protection for same-sex marriage nationwide is now in “dire jeapardy,” along with Lawrence v. Texas and possibly other […]

Gilchrist: ‘I am very concerned about if Roe falls, what that means for Black women’

BY: - June 4, 2022

Six months after a school shooting in Oxford left four students dead, another mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has state leaders discussing what needs to change to make sure it never happens again.  For Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, a parent of elementary-school-age children, it’s personal. The Advance asked Gilchrist what needs […]

GOP gov. candidates infuse debate with conspiracies about Whitmer, voting and COVID

BY: - June 3, 2022

Four of the five remaining GOP candidates for governor squared off for a debate Thursday on Mackinac Island, with the discussion running the gamut from banning abortion to mass shootings, and from election fraud claims to slashing state spending. Since the GOP gubernatorial candidates are unvaccinated against COVID-19, the event was held in an outdoor […]

Mackinac crowd erupts in cheers when Whitmer highlights fight to protect abortion rights

BY: - June 2, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer received the loudest applause from the audience during her keynote address at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference Thursday when she mentioned her goals to protect reproductive freedoms in Michigan.  “As we chase our collective success, we must also be a state where women have bodily autonomy and equal rights,” Whitmer said to […]

Breaking: Planned Parenthood of Michigan announces new CEO

BY: - June 2, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) has chosen a new CEO, Paula Thornton-Greear, a year and a half after the nonprofit health care organization’s former president announced she would step down.  Thornton-Greear, who grew up in Southeast Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University, is joining the Michigan affiliate after working for the Planned […]

Dem campaign chief says GOP congressional moderates try to avoid talking abortion, guns

BY: - June 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Democrat in charge of keeping the chamber blue in November’s midterm elections said Tuesday that Republicans running in suburban swing districts are trying to “hide” their views on abortion and gun legislation from voters. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney said during a call with regional reporters that […]

Whitmer to state Supreme Court: Ruling on Michigan abortion ban is of ‘paramount importance’

BY: - May 26, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a brief Wednesday answering the state Supreme Court’s questions in her lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s 1931 abortion ban law. Whitmer filed her lawsuit in April and used her executive message power to ask the state’s highest court to take on this case and do so swiftly.  Last week, the […]

Whitmer vows to ‘fight like hell’ for abortion rights at Macomb County roundtable

BY: - May 25, 2022

“Women are targeted enough as it is, with domestic violence, and now this,” stay-at-home mom Angel Lau of Oakland County told Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and a tableful of mostly women Michiganders at a Sterling Heights Coney Island on Wednesday. Whitmer and the […]