Health Care

Here’s a look at the abortion bills introduced in the Michigan Legislature this term

BY: - October 6, 2022

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, sending the issue back to the states, abortion was a hot topic in the Michigan Legislature.  Seventy bills and three resolutions that mention abortion have been introduced in Michigan during the 2021-22 session.  Some of those bills have been introduced by Democrats to […]

‘What century are we in?’ Biden asks of University of Idaho ban on abortion counseling

BY: - October 5, 2022

The federal law prohibiting sex discrimination also bars colleges and universities from denying counseling and other services to abortion patients and contraception to all students—even in states where abortion is now severely restricted, the U.S. Education Department said Tuesday. The guidance, which clarifies the longstanding rules for federal Title IX funding that virtually all colleges and […]

Michigan COVID cases drop again in last week, but hospitalizations rise

BY: - October 4, 2022

Michigan reports 12,880 new COVID-19 cases, according to a weekly report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. That’s a drop from the last report, when the state said there were 14,678 new cases for the week. The department reports a total of 2,849,047 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 since […]

Whitmer signs directive seeking to lower insulin costs, wins bipartisan praise

BY: - October 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed an executive directive aimed at lowering the cost of insulin for the more than 900,000 Michiganders with diabetes. The directive seeks to achieve this through two primary approaches. The first seeks to establish a Michigan-based insulin manufacturing facility, while the second would facilitate the development, in conjunction with a […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Michigan Republicans beg Whitmer to zip it on abortion rights

BY: - October 4, 2022

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave her keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference in May, it suddenly became clear how many pundits had misjudged this particular political moment. You would have expected the Democrat to earn some polite applause at the traditionally stuffy confab dominated by CEOs, lobbyists and legislators, one where her predecessor, Republican […]

‘Abortion absolutely is health care’: U.S. House panel told as GOP pursues nationwide ban

BY: - October 3, 2022

A nationwide abortion ban would widen disparities in health care and drive up the maternal mortality rate, particularly among Black women, physicians and advocates told a U.S. House panel on Thursday. “Women’s progress has always been inextricably linked with the ability to control our own bodies,” Jocelyn Frye, the president of the National Partnership for […]

U of M nurses approve new four-year contract

BY: - October 3, 2022

After working without a contract since July 1, approximately 6,200 University of Michigan nurses have voted to ratify a tentative agreement. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) said its members had “overwhelmingly” approved the deal in voting that concluded Saturday.  The new contract, which runs through March 31, 2026, is effective […]

Before Roe v. Wade, U of M activists worked with clergy to connect students with abortion care

BY: - October 1, 2022

“So! You’ve just found out your [sic] pregnant,” Andrea Way, an abortion counselor, wrote in the September 1972 edition of Her-Self, a feminist newspaper published in Ann Arbor from 1972 through 1977. “Suppose that you’re one of the happy minority – one of those who can easily support and love a much-wanted child,” Way continued […]

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg: Stop conflating racism with mental illness  

BY: - October 1, 2022

March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg, a survivor of the 2018 Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people, on Friday called for people to stop using mental illness as an excuse for racism. “It’s time we put an end to it and we go after the one thing that these politicians care about, which […]

Nessel signs onto brief backing Texas patients’ right to travel outside the state for abortions

BY: - September 30, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel signed on to an amicus brief alongside 21 other state attorneys general to ensure that patients can travel outside Texas to seek an abortion.  The amicus brief was sent in Fund Texas Choice v. Paxton, the case where reproductive rights advocates are aiming to prevent the enforcement of Texas anti-abortion […]

As Democrats run on abortion rights, more Republicans run away from the issue

BY: - September 29, 2022

There’s been a big shakeup in Michigan election politics since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe v. Wade, as polls show increasing support for abortion rights. Many Republicans in Michigan and across the country have been staying quiet or given misleading responses on their stances against abortion, while Democrats are running ads touting […]

House Republicans again shut down Dems’ attempt to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban

BY: and - September 28, 2022

Republicans who control the state House on Wednesday shut down an attempt from Democrats to tie-bar every bill being considered to a measure that would repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban, declaring the effort “dilatory.” The gag rule used by the GOP majority is a rarely used mechanism that has not been seen in the House […]