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.

Help us Defend Essential Health Services

Help us Defend Essential Health Services

2011-03-08 00:00:00

On the afternoon of February 18th, the House of Representatives hit a new low by passing the Pence Amendment.

This extreme legislation would eliminate federal funding for all Planned Parenthood services, penalizing the organization for using its own, non-federal funds to provide abortions.

If passed by the Senate, this measure would immediately jeopardize the health of millions of women, men and teens who rely on Planned Parenthood to provide basic healthcare services.

Your Weekly Rights Review - March 4, 2011

Your Weekly Rights Review - March 4, 2011

2011-03-04 00:00:00

In this week's Rights Review, local and national civil liberties news overlap in a big way — from politicians playing politics with women's health, testing the very limits of free speech and the troubling tale of brainwashing Carl Levin.

Next Friday, be sure to check out the fascinating documentary After Stonewall at the Kalamazoo Civil Liberties Film Fest. Only two chances remain to indulge in dinner and a movie with our Southwestern branch, so purchase your tickets today.

Michigan News

Another Attack on Women's Health

ACLU, Detroit Police Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

ACLU, Detroit Police Settle Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

2010-07-28 00:00:00

DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has settled its lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department on behalf of pregnant officers who were automatically forced to go on unpaid leave while pregnant. The settlement was reached one day before the trial was set to begin.

Silence Speaks Volumes on Women’s Rights

Silence Speaks Volumes on Women’s Rights

2010-06-21 00:00:00

In last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, tempers flared as anti-choice organizations voiced their support a controversial bill.

Senator Kuipers’ Senate Bill 1283 would add language to the state’s Public Health Code, essentially asking medical providers to use their most technologically advanced ultrasound machines for abortion procedures.

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Applaud Passage of Prevention First Legislation

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Applaud Passage of Prevention First Legislation

2010-03-25 00:00:00

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan applauded the State House of Representatives today for passing legislation that will help vulnerable victims of sexual assault and improve access to preventative and essential reproductive health care services and information.

Ending Pregnancy Discrimination—It’s What I’ve Always Wanted!

Ending Pregnancy Discrimination—It’s What I’ve Always Wanted!

2009-12-15 00:00:00

On the 218th birthday of our Bill of Rights, our Michigan State Legislature has given us the best birthday gift that we could hope for.

This morning, the Michigan House of Representatives passed, by an overwhelming majority, an amendment to civil rights law that prohibits pregnancy discrimination.

Prevention Is Something We All Can Agree On

Prevention Is Something We All Can Agree On

2009-09-10 00:00:00

The pro-choice movement in Michigan has been on the defense in our state legislature for the past ten years. There has not been a single significant pro-choice bill signed into law during this period, and the pro-choice advocates have spent too much time and energy debating the intransigent issue that is abortion.

A couple of years ago, we worked with Planned Parenthood and the wider pro-choice coalition in Lansing to move the debate away from abortion and toward common sense solutions to reduce the need for abortions – solutions we believe everyone could agree upon.

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Encouraged by Hearing on 15-Bill Prevention First Legislation

ACLU-MI, Planned Parenthood Encouraged by Hearing on 15-Bill Prevention First Legislation

2009-10-09 00:00:00

LANSING — At a hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and dozens of supporters of informed reproductive healthcare urged House Judiciary Committee members to support a 15-bill Prevention First package (HB 5155-5165 HR 118 -120, HCR 23). The package of bills was introduced in the State House and Senate in June 2009.

Prevention First, At Last!

Prevention First, At Last!

2009-06-25 00:00:00

This week, the Michigan legislature introduced one of the most comprehensive packages of prevention legislation. This is not about pro-choice or anti-choice, but about reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, which account for half of all pregnancies. Shouldn’t that be the ultimate goal?

As Senator Gilda Jacobs said, these 15 bills are about basic human health rights and needs.

Happy Anniversary Birth Control!

Happy Anniversary Birth Control!

2009-03-25 00:00:00

Happy Anniversary Birth Control! Not the anniversary of the invention of the “pill” or the “IUD”, but of an individual’s right to actually obtain and use contraceptives. It seems incredible, but that right was only fully granted in 1972, when the US Supreme Court in Eisenstadt v. Baird decided that it was unconstitutional to deny contraceptives to unmarried persons.

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September 08, 2016 Reproductive Rights
In 2013 the ACLU filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) after a Catholic hospital in Muskegon refused to...
June 07, 2016
Jessica Mann is a woman with a life-threatening brain tumor.  In September 2015 Jessica was scheduled to give birth by caesarean section delivery at Genesys...
October 14, 2015 Genesys, LARA, religious exemptions
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a formal complaint with a state licensing agency after a Catholic hospital...
October 01, 2015
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced a federal lawsuit today filed on behalf of their...
February 06, 2013 Reproductive Rights
A survivor of domestic violence who was leaving her husband decided to seek an abortion. Her ex sued for divorce, and as part of the case sought a court order...
April 10, 2014
The ACLU maintains a presence in Lansing that enables us to pass policies that expand civil liberties or prevent the passage of policies that are hostile to...
A decision about having a baby or having an abortion is a deeply personal, private decision best left to a woman, her family, and her doctor. Yet some...
CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan today filed a government complaint against a Catholic health care provider that refused...
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court will today hear a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman who was...
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch today released reports that reveal that one in six hospital beds in the United States is in a...
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – November 16, 2015 It’s deer hunting season. For those of us who work in Lansing, deer hunting season is also the highly...
Recently, a Catholic hospital denied permission to Jessica Mann, a pregnant Michigan woman with a life-threatening brain tumor, to have her tubes tied after...
October 14, 2015 Genesys, LARA, religious exemptions
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan today filed a formal complaint with a state licensing agency after a Catholic hospital...
October 01, 2015
Recently a Catholic hospital denied permission to Jessica Mann, a pregnant Michigan woman with a life-threatening brain tumor, to have her tubes tied after she...
October 01, 2015
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced a federal lawsuit today filed on behalf of their...
September 23, 2015
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — A Catholic hospital in Michigan denied a pregnant woman with a life-threatening brain tumor a request to get her tubes tied at the time of...
September 02, 2015 RFRA
As debate over "religious freedom restoration acts," or RFRAs, heat up around the country and here in Michigan, the threat of religion being used to...
June 30, 2015
A federal district court today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan on behalf of a pregnant woman who was...
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
Moms Jami and Krista Contreras of Oak Park, Michigan brought their six-day-old newborn into a Roseville pediatric practice for a wellness checkup. The couple...
February 06, 2015 This Week Online
State Departments Prepare to Extend Benefits to 323 Gay Couples Married in Michigan (Mlive) Jay Kaplan, a staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan who worked on...
December 17, 2014 RFRA
As the year comes to a close, the Michigan Legislature seems to have dutifully set itself to the task of passing as many harmful bills as possible. The recent...
December 08, 2014 RFRA
Regardless of whether you have been pregnant or not, chances are you can recite the long list of things to avoid in pregnancy: alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes,...
December 04, 2014 Religious Liberty
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan in a letter today called on the state licensing and regulatory agency to compel a hospital near Flint...
December 01, 2014 RFRA
Freedom of religion is one of our fundamental rights as Americans. That’s why it’s protected in the state and federal constitutions. However, this week, our...
December 02, 2013
NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was...
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
Lansing, Mich. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan expressed outrage today over the unconstitutional lockout at the Michigan State Capitol....
June 07, 2012 Reproductive Rights
LANSING, Mich. – In an effort to protect women’s health care in Michigan, doctors, health care professionals and reproductive rights advocates denounced a...
July 28, 2010 Women’s Rights
DETROIT – The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it has settled its lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department on behalf of...
March 25, 2010 Women’s Rights
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan applauded the State House of Representatives today for passing...
December 15, 2009 Women’s Rights
On the 218th birthday of our Bill of Rights, our Michigan State Legislature has given us the best birthday gift that we could hope for. This morning, the...
December 01, 2009 Religious Liberty
The U of M Chapter of the ACLU and the University of Michigan Students for Choice-VOX invite you to attend a two-day conference on Jan. 24 and 25. Giving...
October 09, 2009 Reproductive Rights
LANSING — At a hearing today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and dozens of supporters of informed...
October 14, 2008 Work Place Rights
DETROIT — In an effort to protect the rights of women, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit late yesterday on behalf of five...
May 28, 2008 Reproductive Rights
LANSING — Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan are deeply disappointed, today, in the Michigan House...
January 07, 2008 Reproductive Rights
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to review legal questions raised in a challenge to Michigan’s third attempt at a dangerous and extreme ban on...
June 04, 2007 Reproductive Rights
CINCINNATI — The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America today hailed a decision by the U....
October 26, 2006 Reproductive Rights
CINCINNATI — The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America today asked the U.S. Court of...
August 22, 2006 Reproductive Rights
Detroit — In response to a request from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and 27 other organizations, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued...
June 14, 2005 Reproductive Rights
Detroit, MI – The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America asked a federal court...
March 14, 2005 Reproductive Rights
DETROIT, MI — The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced today that the...
March 01, 2005 Reproductive Rights
Detroit, MI—The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America asked a federal court today to...
June 09, 2004 Reproductive Rights
DETROIT – After two successful challenges and for the third time in seven years, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan announced today that it is...
January 27, 2004 Right to Choose
Decline to Sign the Petition In Michigan, Right to Life and the Catholic Conference have just begun a petition drive in an attempt to do an end-run around SB...
December 11, 2003
DETROIT – After anti-choice groups filed their language with the Board of Canvassers today for a citizen’s initiative to ban so-called “partial birth abortion...
September 30, 2003 Reproductive Rights
Another deceptive bill to eliminate a woman’s right to choose passed the Senate today. The new bill, called the "legal birth definition act," is an attempt to...
July 08, 2003 Reproductive Rights
DETROIT – In a blatant attack on personal privacy rights, a Lapeer County judge ordered a woman to submit to a medically "verifiable" method of birth control...
May 09, 2003 Reproductive Rights
New so-called partial birth abortion bill passes the HouseUPDATED May 9, 2003 — Another so-called "partial birth abortion" ban passed the House yesterday. The...
March 13, 2002
DETROIT — On tomorrow night’s ABC’s Prime Time, Rosie O’Donnell will be disclosing her own sexual orientation and how she and her family have been affected by...
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
For the second time in four years, a Michigan statute regarding abortion has been stuck down in federal court. ACLU Press Release: Court Again Upholds A Woman'...
April 26, 2001 Reproductive Rights
DETROIT — For the second time in four years, a Michigan statute regarding abortion has been stuck down in federal court. United States District Judge Arthur J...
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America today hailed a decision by a...
Take Action Here: Tell your representative and speaker of the house to stop pandering to anti-choice forces You can tell it’s an election year in Michigan. Our...
Rep. Rebekah Warren (D - Ann Arbor) and Rep. Marie Donigan (D - Royal Oak) have bills pending before the MI House Judiciary Committee that would ensure women...
Written in 2000, this 8-page publication provides accurate and usable information about current reproductive freedom laws and the threat of legislation...