Michigan Needs the Reproductive Health Act!

Members of Michigan’s legislature, as well as Governor Gretchen Whitmer, took a stand against the state’s abortion restrictions at a press conference in the Capitol Building on Tuesday, 10/29/19. Members of the State House and Senate introduced Michigan’s Reproductive Health Act. This bill ensures access to safe, legal abortion in Michigan by trusting pregnant people to make their own medical decisions free of political interference AND repeals the dozens of outdated and restrictive abortion laws in Michigan.

The Reproductive Health Act will:

  • Repeal Michigan’s unconstitutional 1931 law that criminalizes physicians for performing an abortion at any length of pregnancy

  • Remove medically inappropriate and unnecessary regulations requiring abortion facilities to be licensed as Freestanding Outpatient Surgical Facilities

  • Increase safety and privacy of minors seeking abortion care by removing parental consent

  • Remove barriers to state and federal funding for health care entities that provide abortion care

  • Repeal laws that require doctors to tell patients medically inaccurate information.

  • Remove the state-mandated 24-hour waiting period

  • Codify current standards of medical practice on who can perform abortions, in turn increasing access

  • Remove the ban on private insurance coverage for abortion

  • Remove unnecessary barriers to accessing abortion via telemedicine

For years, abortion rights advocates have kept an eye on the docket of the Supreme Court. Each case they hear on abortion could be the one that jeopardizes the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersteadt. With the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, the court has the conservative leaning it needs to impact generations of American policies. June Medical v. Gee is the most recent abortion rights case presented to the high court. The abortion restrictions presented in this case are almost identical to the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersteadt case decided in 2016.

With the uncertain future of Roe, the Reproductive Health Act would solidify the future of abortion access in Michigan. Reclaim recognizes that everyone’s circumstances are different, and they should be free to make the best decision for themselves and their families.

Contact your Reps today and urge them to support Michigan’s Reproductive Health Act!

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