Reproductive Freedom

The ACLU protects everyone's right to make informed decisions free from government interference about whether and when to become a parent. The ACLU works to protect reproductive rights across the country and to ensure that women and families have access to quality reproductive-health care.

Move Over Mississippi: Michigan is the Latest to Try Shutting Down Abortion Clinics

Move Over Mississippi: Michigan is the Latest to Try Shutting Down Abortion Clinics

2012-06-12 00:00:00

As you may have heard, Mississippi passed a law earlier this year, which was explicitly designed to shut down the only health care center in the entire state where a woman can get a safe, legal abortion.

In passing the law, some politicians made quite clear that they knew the closure would jeopardize the health and lives of Mississippi women—and that they didn’t care.

Apparently all this notoriety made their compatriots, in Michigan, quite jealous—why should Mississippi get all the attention, they must have asked themselves?

So last week, from out of nowhere, politicians in Michigan rushed through not one, but a whole package of bills (take that, Mississippi!) chock full of abortion restrictions that could close women’s health centers across the state and leave women in Michigan without access to safe, comprehensive reproductive health care.

The Michigan House of Representatives came close to passing these bills today, but at the last minute, legislators decided to postpone the vote. They are vowing to bring it up for a vote tomorrow or the next day. That gives us a small window to make our voices heard.

At the Capitol: Taking a Stand for Women

At the Capitol: Taking a Stand for Women

2012-06-11 00:00:00

The committee room was packed: women in bright pink tees, young aides in black suits, babies and distinguished physicians. Stickers and laptops and video cameras were out and at the ready.

This was not the typical show for a 9 a.m. House Committee on Health Policy meeting in Lansing.

At issue was the committee’s approval of what many consider to be the worst assault on women’s health in Michigan history. If passed, the three-bill package (HB 5711, HB 5712, and HB 5713), will effectively make abortion inaccessible to women in our state.

Michigan Doctors, Reproductive Health Advocates Blast Latest Assault on Women as the Worst in State History

Michigan Doctors, Reproductive Health Advocates Blast Latest Assault on Women as the Worst in State History

2012-06-07 00:00:00

LANSING, Mich. – In an effort to protect women’s health care in Michigan, doctors, health care professionals and reproductive rights advocates denounced a package of bills today that would effectively make safe abortion services inaccessible in the state. The Michigan House Health Policy Committee passed the package earlier today despite the testimony of health care professionals against the legislation.

The Worst Attack on Women’s Health in Michigan History

The Worst Attack on Women’s Health in Michigan History

2012-06-06 00:00:00

Last Thursday, Republican Representative Bruce Rendon introduced HB 5711, a piece of legislation that takes every attack on women's health in Michigan and combines them into the greatest assault on reproductive rights in Michigan history.

This dangerous attack is moving rapidly and is scheduled to go before the House Committee on Health Policy tomorrow at 9 am.

Legislative Update: A Long List of Bills Attacking Reproductive Freedom

Legislative Update: A Long List of Bills Attacking Reproductive Freedom

2012-03-29 00:00:00

Several conservative states—such as Oklahoma and Texas—have drawn attention for the proliferation of anti-choice laws proposed and passed by their legislatures in the past year. But as the War on Women continues to grow nationwide, legislatures across the country are taking steps to severely restrict reproductive freedom.

Trust Women! Opposing Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

Trust Women! Opposing Restrictions on Reproductive Rights

2012-03-12 00:00:00

Even though I'm strongly pro-choice, I don't expect everyone to agree with my position. Our country thrives on free and honest debate.

That's why I'm outraged by a rash of legislation across the country that pretends to protect and inform women, while really intended to restrict a woman's right to control her reproductive health. 

Urgent: Protect Women’s Health From Bad Politics

Urgent: Protect Women’s Health From Bad Politics

2011-09-20 00:00:00

The Michigan Legislature is once again putting political gamesmanship ahead of women’s health.

Today, the House and Senate will vote on bills prohibiting a rarely used, yet medically necessary abortion method.

As if that's not bad enough, the bills are useless since the procedure is already banned by federal law.

Take Action: Tell your elected officials that this ban is a waste of time.

Your Weekly Rights Review - April 15, 2011

Your Weekly Rights Review - April 15, 2011

2011-04-15 00:00:00

Defending our essential civil liberties from being taken away is always important ...but some weeks make us especially proud.

In your weekly Rights Review, we're asking who's running our cities, who's reading our texts and rallying for women's health with thousands of others.

Michigan News

 

Who's Running Our Cities?

Reproductive Health: Not Just a Women’s Issue

Reproductive Health: Not Just a Women’s Issue

2011-04-14 00:00:00

In a sea of Planned-Parenthood-pink during a visit with Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow during the Stand Up for Women’s Health Lobby Day, a young man raised his hand and asked the million dollar question – why should men be involved in the fight for women’s reproductive health?

It was a good question, with a complicated answer, but one that would be a game-changer for women’s equality.

Sen. Stabenow answered that men have to share responsibility for birth control in a relationship and men have to be concerned about sexually transmitted infections.

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October 01, 2015
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October 01, 2015
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September 23, 2015
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September 02, 2015 RFRA
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June 30, 2015
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April 08, 2015 Five Questions
Ever wonder who’s behind the work here at the ACLU of Michigan? In our new blog series Five Questions, ACLU of Michigan staff will talk about the incredible...
February 26, 2015 RFRA
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December 17, 2014 RFRA
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December 08, 2014 RFRA
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December 04, 2014 Religious Liberty
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December 01, 2014 RFRA
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December 02, 2013
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December 07, 2012 Capitol Lockout
To: Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909 Dear Governor Snyder: The events today at the State Capitol have been extremely disappointing...
December 06, 2012
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June 07, 2012 Reproductive Rights
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July 28, 2010 Women’s Rights
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March 25, 2010 Women’s Rights
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December 15, 2009 Women’s Rights
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December 01, 2009 Religious Liberty
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October 09, 2009 Reproductive Rights
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October 14, 2008 Work Place Rights
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May 28, 2008 Reproductive Rights
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January 07, 2008 Reproductive Rights
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June 04, 2007 Reproductive Rights
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October 26, 2006 Reproductive Rights
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August 22, 2006 Reproductive Rights
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June 14, 2005 Reproductive Rights
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March 14, 2005 Reproductive Rights
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March 01, 2005 Reproductive Rights
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June 09, 2004 Reproductive Rights
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January 27, 2004 Right to Choose
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December 11, 2003
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September 30, 2003 Reproductive Rights
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July 08, 2003 Reproductive Rights
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May 09, 2003 Reproductive Rights
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March 13, 2002
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December 13, 2001 Reproductive Rights
Today the Michigan House of Representatives passed legislation to undermine family planning and contraception services provided by pro-choice groups like...
April 26, 2001 Reproductive Rights
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April 26, 2001 Reproductive Rights
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