Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?
Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health? by Cecile Richards
An alarming set of bills is about to move to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's desk as soon as today. Pushed through by lame-duck legislators who are about to leave office, these bills would make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation on women's health.
If Governor Snyder signs these bills, women in Michigan would lose access to safe and legal abortion -- and a range of other health services.
One bill would likely shut down many health care providers that provide abortion by enacting unnecessary and burdensome licensing rules. Another would ban all insurance coverage for abortion. And one of the bills would allow medical providers to refuse to provide any medical service -- from birth control to blood transfusions.
Just a month ago, voters in Michigan and across the country sent a clear message that they don't want politicians to meddle in women's personal health care decisions.
Candidates who won advocated for broad access to contraception, supported access to safe and legal abortion, and vowed to respect women's personal health care decisions. Candidates who advocated for laws like the ones advancing in Michigan lost.
The message could not have been clearer, but some politicians in Michigan didn't get it.