reproductive rights

Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide

BY: - September 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed quiet Tuesday night as abortion advocates across the country nervously waited for the right-wing-majority court to act on an emergency appeal to block a strict Texas abortion ban, as it’s done for past laws.  But the Supreme Court didn’t take action. The Texas law, Senate Bill 8, went into effect […]

Pew study: Majority of Michiganders support legal abortion

BY: - October 28, 2020

A recent study found that a majority of Michiganders support legal abortion. Pew Research Center surveyed people from all 50 states to evaluate if abortion laws are congruent with voters’ views.  Of the people surveyed from Michigan, 54% said they believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.  In 20 states, a majority […]

Peters, Stabenow vote no on Barrett SCOTUS nomination

BY: - October 27, 2020

Conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett was, as expected, confirmed Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court in a mostly party-line 52-48 vote, with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) crossing over to vote no. President Trump held a ceremonial swearing-in event for Barrett at the White House Monday evening, eight days before the Nov. 3 election. Her […]

Peters makes public the experience he and his first wife had with abortion

BY: - October 13, 2020

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) opened up this week that his first wife, Heidi, had to have an abortion because her life was at risk. “It’s a story of how gut-wrenching and complicated decisions can be related to reproductive health, a situation I went through with [her],” Peters told Elle. It occurred in the […]


Susan J. Demas: I had a painful miscarriage. I don’t know what would have happened in Amy Coney Barrett’s America.

BY: - September 27, 2020

Fourteen years ago, I found myself home from work relatively early and went to (very uncharacteristically) lie down for a few minutes, exhausted from covering the statewide primary election. I got up to take a shower and felt something rush out of me. When I looked down at the bathroom floor that was covered in […]

Congress launches inquiry into claims about gynecological procedures at immigrant facility

BY: - September 23, 2020

Top U.S. House Democrats are investigating a whistleblower’s allegations that immigrant women in a Georgia detention center endured gynecological procedures without their consent or full understanding of the treatment that was being performed. Dawn Wooten, a nurse who worked at the Irwin County Detention Center, said women at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility […]

Poll: About 75% of Michigan voters believe abortion should be legal

BY: - August 25, 2020

A new national poll shows that a majority of Michigan voters from all sides of the political spectrum support reproductive freedom.  The poll, done by North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling in Michigan, found that 77% of voters in Michigan agree that any decision about pregnancy should be made by the woman with the support of […]

Roberts joins Supreme Court’s four liberal judges in striking down Louisiana abortion law

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a major victory for reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a controversial Louisiana law that critics said would have severely limited access to abortion in Louisiana and opened the door to further abortion limitations around the country. Enacted in 2014 by the Louisiana state Legislature, the law would have required physicians […]


Column: Being pro-life has to be more than a slogan

BY: - June 5, 2020

As of this writing, almost 5,600 Michiganders have died as a result of the novel coronavirus.  Those are people – living, breathing humans who had families and jobs and hopes and dreams. They’re gone, and hardly a word has been uttered on their behalf. It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see the “pro-life” conservatives in […]


Stories you won’t see anywhere else: The Advance’s best reporting on reproductive rights

BY: - December 27, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “I think so many of these decisions are made in a vacuum with a bunch of men sitting around a table and deciding what a woman’s rights should be, what our access to health care should be — trying to control women by controlling our bodies.” — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Susan […]

Gov. backs Reproductive Health Act to repeal anti-abortion laws

BY: - October 29, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced a legislative package to repeal current restrictive reproductive health statutes and add more protections for women’s health.  “When it comes to making decisions on reproductive health care in Michigan, a woman’s decision should be based on medical facts, not political rhetoric or ideology,” Whitmer said at a morning press […]