Women’s Rights

‘It would force me to lie to patients’: Republicans consider so-called abortion pill reversal legislation

BY: - July 24, 2021

The latest anti-abortion bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would require physicians to inform patients who are getting medication abortions of a medically unproven procedure known as abortion pill reversal (APR).  Some doctors are concerned that this legislation, if passed, would require them to lie to patients and give them unsound medical advice.  On June […]

Here’s what could happen in Michigan if Roe v. Wade is overturned

BY: - July 18, 2021

In 1973, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade granted Americans the constitutional right to access a safe and legal abortion.  But in May, the Supreme Court, which is considered to have the most right-wing tilt in decades, agreed to hear arguments on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks, Dobbs […]

Stabenow touts child tax credit boost as ‘tax cut for working people’

BY: - July 8, 2021

Starting next week, many Michigan families will receive monthly payments from the federal government through the new child tax credit expansion, benefiting nearly 2 million children in the state. During a press conference in Lansing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) and U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) laid out the changes to the existing Child […]

COMMENTARY

Column: There are 1.4 billion reasons for a bipartisan investment in childcare

BY: - July 2, 2021

After years of restrictive policies that prevented most families from receiving any assistance with their childcare costs, coupled with very low wages for childcare workers, COVID-19 lifted the veil on the underlying reality that without childcare, businesses can’t attract and keep talent, and Michiganders can’t get back to work to support their families.  It is […]

House panel mulls bill requiring medical providers to give anti-abortion information

BY: - June 24, 2021

The House Health Policy Committee held a hearing Thursday morning on a bill that would require medical providers to provide anti-abortion information and offer abortion reversal procedures that opponents say are unsafe for pregnant people.  The committee did not vote on the bill Thursday. House Bill 5086, introduced by Sue Allor (R-Wolverine), also known as […]

GOP-led House adopts anti-abortion resolution 

BY: - June 23, 2021

The state House adopted a resolution Tuesday to “call for the enforcement of all laws regulating or limiting the practice of abortion” in Michigan amid the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear challenges against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the constitutional right to abortion at least in the first trimester of pregnancy. […]

Recent Supreme Court ruling is ‘small step’ toward affirming tribal rights

BY: - June 7, 2021

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week is being seen as a step in the right direction toward untangling complex jurisdictional issues that often result in crimes against Indigenous people going unaddressed in Michigan and elsewhere throughout the country. The case, United States v. Cooley, essentially upholds tribal law enforcement’s authority over non-Natives who […]

Two U.P. tribes roll out gender-inclusive response to missing, murdered Indigenous people

BY: - May 27, 2021

Two tribes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula came together this week to introduce new, gender-inclusive tribal response plans for the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people. The pilot plan, announced by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) on Tuesday at the Kewadin Casino’s Dream Makers Theater in Sault Ste. […]

Women leaders speak up about harassment, misogyny in Michigan politics

BY: - May 22, 2021

It’s been a tumultuous year and a half in Lansing. Aside from the Michigan Capitol being the epicenter of armed protests, threats to officials over COVID-19 orders and the 2020 election, and even being part of an alleged right-wing plot to blow up the building, many leaders and staff have said the culture within the […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan mamas of color cheer national paid leave and childcare proposals

BY: and - May 14, 2021

April ended on a high note, with a whirlwind of action in support of progressive paid leave and childcare policies. Between President Biden’s address to the joint session of Congress and movement on these issues in Congress, federal policy supports for U.S. families are having a moment — and the nation’s mamas are here for […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories

BY: - May 13, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]

‘Enough is enough’: Macomb women’s group calls on Lucido to resign

BY: - April 27, 2021

A new grassroots organization of Macomb County women is demanding the resignation of their county’s new prosecutor, Republican former state Sen. Peter Lucido, citing a pattern of behavior they say makes him unfit to represent Macomb County families seeking justice. The Macomb Accountability Project held a virtual press conference Tuesday morning and encouraged others to […]