Whitmer calls on GOP Legislature to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday to repeal a 1931 state law criminalizing abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week issued an unsigned order allowing a Texas abortion ban law to go into effect. Experts say the recent SCOTUS opinion signals the fall of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case […]
Susan J. Demas: Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?
Updated, 10:52 a.m. 9/3/21 This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a […]
U of M law professor says SCOTUS order ‘functionally ends Roe’
After days of silence, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order early Thursday allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, setting a precedent for other states to pass similar laws. The law, Senate Bill 8, which experts say effectively bans 90% of abortions in the second-largest state of 29 million, went into […]
Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide
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 […]
Supreme Court rejects eviction ban, increasing pressure to dole out rental aid money
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of the Biden administration’s last-ditch effort to extend a federal ban on evictions has put hundreds of thousands of American renters at risk of losing their housing — and is increasing pressure on states and localities to get rental assistance dollars distributed faster. In an eight-page majority opinion […]
Column: Mr. Justice Breyer, thank you for your service. Now please retire.
People wonder how Republicans captured the U.S. Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority among the justices. Those six conservative justices were all nominated by Republican presidents. Mostly, Republicans accomplished this long-sought goal simply by taking the high court seriously. Even though terms like conservative and liberal shift somewhat over time, conservative in […]
LGBTQ+ rights group appeals to Michigan Supreme Court after state board rejects ballot measure
Fair and Equal Michigan, the group aiming to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday after the Board of State Canvassers last week rejected the group’s petition. The LGBTQ+ rights advocates are aiming to get the initiative on the […]
Susan J. Demas: Don’t be fooled. Conservatives are still on a mission to destroy LGBTQ+ rights.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage six years ago, many Republicans and conservative outfits have shifted their rhetoric from gleefully declaring LGBTQ+s deserve scorn instead of basic human rights, to couching their bigotry in more genteel terms and desperately rooting out wedge issues. That’s the odd way we seem to mark progress […]
Hillsdale proposes abortion ban, ‘spontaneous miscarriages’ would be open to prosecution
Hillsdale, a small city near the Ohio border best known as the home of conservative Hillsdale College, proposed an ordinance Monday that would ban abortions within the city limits and would it a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” The ordinance would criminalize any person from performing abortions or providing abortion-inducing drugs at any stage of […]
Study: Utility shutoffs help drive evictions in Michigan
Updated, 3:31 p.m., 8/3/21 As a national moratorium expired Saturday that will likely trigger a massive wave of evictions, a new report shows that utility shutoffs are a big reason renters in Michigan face evictions and subsequent homelessness. The Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) study outlines policy recommendations for how lawmakers should deal […]
State Supreme Court allows Detroit charter proposal to appear on ballot
Advocates of a proposed revision to Detroit’s city charter scored a major victory Thursday after the Michigan Supreme Court ordered the controversial initiative to be placed on the Aug. 3 ballot. The panel voted 4-3 to overturn the Wayne County Circuit Court and Michigan Court of Appeals’ decision to remove the proposed revisions from the […]
6 Michigan GOP lawmakers sign brief to overturn Roe v. Wade
Six Michigan Republican members of Congress signed on to an amicus brief Thursday seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade. 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 v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. U.S. […]