women’s rights

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. […]

‘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 […]

COMMENTARY

Angela Vasquez-Giroux: Where is the allyship for BIPOC women in politics?

BY: - April 27, 2021

We’ve been talking a lot about what it’s like to be a woman working in politics in Lansing – a long overdue conversation that is finally shedding some light on the sexual harassment, toxic workplaces and abusive bosses that chased all too many of us out of jobs we loved and excelled at.  And, as […]

Women have been waiting almost a century for the ERA. Will it finally become law?

BY: - April 19, 2021

Now that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to eliminate a critical deadline associated with the seminal Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is hopeful that the legislation — decades in the making — will move forward. However, she stopped short of predicting how the U.S. Senate will address […]

State files motion to dismiss ‘tampon tax’ suit, bills reintroduced to eliminate tax 

BY: - February 19, 2021

The state of Michigan has filed a motion for summary disposition against a lawsuit aimed at ending the state’s 6% sales tax on menstrual products and refunding people who menstruate. The motion made last Friday comes even as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week proposed a Fiscal Year 2022 budget plan that includes a provision to […]

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 […]

6 inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame 

BY: - October 22, 2020

Michigan Women Forward (MWF) inducted six women into the Women’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on Oct.15 in Lansing. They are: Najah Bazzy, founder and CEO of Zaman International, a nonprofit that supports impoverished women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area.  Glenda Price, former Detroit Public Schools Foundation president, Detroit […]

Klobuchar questions Barrett on rolling back abortion rights

BY: - October 14, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pressed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday about why she doesn’t classify the landmark case that allows pregnant women to chose to have an abortion as “super precedent,” meaning Roe v. Wade would never be overturned. Barrett told the Minnesota Democrat that scholars have noted that even though Roe v. Wade isn’t considered […]

Tlaib joins call for govt action to end violence against women in politics

BY: - September 28, 2020

A group of Democratic U.S. House members have introduced a resolution that reads violence against women in politics is “a global phenomenon and that more research should be conducted to examine its extent and effects in the United States.”  The measure, sponsored U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: I had a painful miscarriage. What happens to women like me in 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 […]

Dozens attend candlelight vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Lansing

BY: - September 20, 2020

Dozens of Michiganders gathered at the Hall of Justice in Lansing on Saturday night to hold a candlelight vigil honoring the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, the second ever woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died Friday afternoon at age 87 from complications from metastatic cancer of the […]