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Right to Health will educate, engage and empower Michigan advocates for women

This new organization will keep Michiganders informed about legislation that could be hazardous to women’s health.

Did you know that women in Michigan have to buy separate insurance for an abortion in case they’re ever raped or have a pregnancy that endangers their health — and that women who buy individual insurance on the private market can’t purchase that insurance at any price? Or how about pending legislation that would give healthcare providers the right to refuse you medical treatment or services if they have a religious or moral objection to the care you need?

You may know about legislation like this, but plenty of other Michiganders don’t.…

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Save the date: Join Lady Parts Justice for fun activist events nationwide on Sept. 27

Michigan is one of the states throwing a public party — or you can get an LPJ party kit and host your own bash.


Are you sick of watching politicians trample all over women’s reproductive rights and the choices they make about their bodies? Do you want to elect officials who actually think women should be treated equally and with respect? Then plan to join a Lady Parts Justice V to Shining V event near you on September 27.

Created by top comedians, writers and performers including co-founder Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice is “a national movement using humor & outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating LOCAL politicians in 2014 & beyond.”

If you’re a regular Eclectablog reader, you know why there’s a need for women and men to stand united against the barrage of anti-women policies popping up all over the country.…

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The victimization in court of rape victims continues – this time it’s a 16-year old girl in Michigan

A 16-year old rape victim told this story in court of of being raped at a high school graduation party at the tender age of 15:

The girl testified that she was 15 when she attended the graduation party with a group of friends. She said during the party Cooper told her that he was 21 and he asked her to move from the backyard where everyone was gathered to the front yard to smoke a cigarette and for more privacy. She said she agreed.

The girl said she and Cooper spent about an hour talking, although her friends told her later that she had been missing for two hours.

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Fight to protect women’s reproductive health access in Michigan continues

Democratic legislators demand hearings on women’s health rider repeal bills, while Republican Gov. Rick Snyder aligns with employer who sued over contraception coverage.


The distinctions between Michigan’s Democratic and Republican legislators are clearer every day, leaving no question about which party stands with women.

State Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and State Representative Sarah Roberts have delivered letters to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Insurance Committee Chair Rep. Pete Lund, respectively, to request hearings on Senate Bill 1010 and House Bill 5697, their legislation to repeal the discriminatory and dangerous women’s healthcare rider law passed in December 2013. Whitmer and Roberts introduced their legislation last month, but have received no indication that the Republican majorities in either body plan to take up the legislation.…

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SCOTUS ruling in Hobby Lobby case is offensive to both women and religion

Treating a craft supply store like a religion is an affront to faith — and sets a very dangerous precedent for healthcare access and equality.

I’m not going to try to argue the finer points of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. I’m not a SCOTUS scholar.

But I am a woman, and I have some very strong opinions about this ruling. It’s discrimination, plain and simple. I’m angry on behalf of every woman who will now have to fight for her right to obtain birth control — even if she uses it strictly for medical purposes that have nothing to do with preventing pregnancy, which many women do.…

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UPDATED: Don’t like the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision? You can thank Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby today in a narrow 5-4 decision that allows the owners of for-profit corporations to deny health insurance coverage for some types of contraceptives for their employees. The decision cements in place the idea that corporations are people entitled to Constitutionally-protected rights like free speech.

As it turns out, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was front and center on this issue and he has taken a much bigger role in fighting the Affordable Care Act at the national level than any other state Attorney General. He has, in fact, filed amicus briefs in no less than SIX federal court cases related to denying women this coverage on the basis of the company owner’s religious beliefs.…

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Reproductive rights take a beating by SCOTUS and Michigan’s GOP-led legislature

In a blatant display of bias, opponents of choice keep trying to stack the deck against women’s legal access to abortion.

I’m not sure which of these pieces of news makes me angrier, so I’ll start with the most recent. On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down Massachusetts’ buffer zone law, siding with anti-abortion extremists who think they have a right to be closer than 35 feet away from women seeking an abortion.

The Massachusetts law was designed to protect women from intimidation, harassment and abuse, but the Supreme Court apparently thinks it’s not a problem for women to be forced to listen to hateful rhetoric or be subject to gruesome images of aborted fetuses as they walk into a clinic.…

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Terri Lynn Land seeks and receives endorsement of extremist anti-Choice group Susan B. Anthony List

In February, Terri Lynn Land accidentally confirmed that she was confirmed that she was speaking with Super PACs about funding her campaign, something that is against the law and something she had done before. One of the groups she mentioned is the notorious anti-Choice group Susan B. Anthony List. Apparently Land’s outreachwas successful because this week the Susan B. Anthony List announced their endorsement of her campaign for Senate. This endorsement is in addition to the endorsement she received by the equally radical Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee.

Now, it’s not surprising to see a Republican be endorsed by these forced-birth groups.…

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UPDATED: Legislation introduced to repeal Michigan abortion insurance law

Bills would undo the law that requires women to buy extra insurance for miscarriages and abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.

See update below.


In a decisive move, Democratic State Representative Sarah Roberts and State Senator Gretchen Whitmer introduced bills on Monday that would repeal a controversial law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for necessary medical care during a miscarriage or abortion. The law does not make exceptions for rape or the health of the mother — only the imminent death of the mother — and severely restricts women’s access to vital healthcare.

Passed by Republicans in the Michigan Legislature in December 2013, the law took effect in March.…

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Michigan reproductive health roundup: The good, the bad and the ugly

It’s been a mixed bag for women’s reproductive rights in Michigan this week.


Good to know people are paying attention. News about the heinous package of three fetal heartbeat bills introduced by Republican State Rep. Tom Hooker in the Michigan House quickly went national. So Michigan now has the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of some of the most extremist states in the country when it comes to anti-choice legislation.

Democratic State Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright issued a strongly worded statement on the bills, which would eliminate nearly all abortions in Michigan and require women seeking an abortion to submit themselves to humiliating and invasive medical procedures.…

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