women’s rights

Why experts say the fall of abortion rights is a key sign of a troubled democracy

BY: - September 25, 2022

The floodgates opened in 2011. That year, increasingly right-wing Republicans – who had weaponized gerrymandering and racism (think: birtherism) during President Barack Obama’s tenure to sweep the 2010 midterm elections and flip state legislatures across the nation – passed 92 anti-abortion bills throughout the country, a record number for a single year since the United […]

Michigan GOP congressional candidate railed against women’s suffrage, women in the workplace

BY: - September 22, 2022

A GOP U.S. House nominee has in the past argued against women’s suffrage, even forming an anti-feminism “think tank” in the 2000s that claimed men are smarter than women, according to CNN. John Gibbs is running in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District against immigration attorney Hillary Scholten, a Democrat who would be the first woman to […]


Susan J. Demas: Dixon’s ‘parents’ rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP

BY: - September 20, 2022

Just over 20 years ago, I gave birth to my first child early on in my journalism career. In the years that followed, I would be told by several editors, some who were trying to be helpful and others who appeared to still reside in the Stone Age, that my decision to start a family […]


Susan J. Demas: Michigan has a 1931 law banning abortion. Now voters can decide if it stands.

BY: - September 14, 2022

It’s been a confusing time for women since June, when the far-right U.S. Supreme Court gleefully chucked almost 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade. Suddenly, one in three women across America are no longer able to make intimate health care decisions for themselves and their families. There have been so many heart-wrenching […]

Analysis: Reproductive rights firing up women voter registration in Michigan and Wisconsin

BY: - August 29, 2022

A recent analysis indicates that Kansas isn’t the only state in which reproductive rights is a motivating force for voters. On Aug. 2, voters in Kansas soundly rejected a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would have allowed state lawmakers to restrict or ban abortion. It was a stunning result in a deeply conservative […]

Whitmer stresses ‘stark differences’ with Dixon on abortion rights, 2020 election

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed her GOP opponent, Tudor Dixon, and right-wing attacks on abortion rights during a campaign rally held at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Dixon, a right-wing commentator, on Tuesday won the state Republican gubernatorial nomination. Michigan has only had two female governors: Whitmer and fellow Democrat […]


Susan J. Demas: It’s OK to cut people from your life who don’t regard you as a person

BY: - June 28, 2022

With an illegitimate Supreme Court deciding that half the population doesn’t deserve basic rights in overturning Roe v. Wade, we can’t even grieve in peace. We also have to deal with an onslaught of exceedingly dumb takes and trolls. Thanks to social media, there’s really no escape from what everyone from the kid you sat […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

House passes DHHS budget bill with abortion restrictions

BY: - May 19, 2022

The GOP-led House passed a proposed budget for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Wednesday that includes a number of restrictions to abortion access and prohibits state funding for abortion care. Senate Bill 828, introduced by state Sen. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes), would prohibit funding to organizations, and any of their subcontracts, that […]

House committee approves bill to close marital rape legal loophole

BY: - May 19, 2022

A bill that would close a loophole in the state’s marital rape ban made it through the Michigan House Judiciary committee Tuesday with unanimous support.  The Michigan Penal Code currently allows marital rape when the perpetrator’s spouse is mentally incapacitated, which includes instances where a spouse has been drugged or coerced and is unable to […]

Michigan judge grants injunction against 1931 abortion ban if Roe is overturned

BY: - May 17, 2022

Updated, 3:50 p.m., 5/17/22, with comments from Planned Parenthood A Court of Claims judge granted a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood against Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban law.  Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher ordered the injunction Tuesday, writing that “forced pregnancy … contravenes the right to make autonomous medical decisions.” Planned […]