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Extremists indicted for Planned Parenthood attack videos as Michigan Republicans hold hearing on bill to stop nonexistent funding

Earlier this week, the anti-abortion extremists behind altered videos attempting to smear Planned Parenthood found the tables turned when the grand jury investigating the health services provider indicted them on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs. The two men had selectively edited a secretly-taped video to make it appear that Planned Parenthood was selling dead baby parts for profit.

A grand jury here that was investigating accusations of misconduct against Planned Parenthood has instead indicted two abortion opponents who made undercover videos of the organization.

Prosecutors in Harris County said one of the leaders of the Center for Medical Progress — an anti-abortion group that made secretly recorded videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials trying to illegally profit from the sale of fetal tissue — had been indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record, a felony, and on a misdemeanor charge related to purchasing human organs.

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An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

Laws and regulations imposed on clinics have nothing to do with patient care — and everything to do with limiting abortion access.

In part one of this two-part series, I wrote about TRAP laws in Texas and across the country. The question of whether these sneaky, dangerous laws are Constitutional is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they restrict women’s legal access to abortion by forcing abortion providers to adhere to regulations not required of any other medical professionals.

To learn more about Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and other abortion restrictions in Michigan, I spoke with Renee Chelian, founder and CEO of Northland Family Planning Centers (NFP), and Lara Chelian, director of advocacy and development for NFP.…

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U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Texas abortion restrictions could strengthen Roe v. Wade

Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole has the potential to ensure a woman’s right to choose — or give abortion opponents more power than ever.

It’s not news that abortion rights are under attack in America. Although seven in 10 Americans support a woman’s right to choose, anti-abortion legislators, lobbyists and extremists will stop at nothing — not a shooting spree, not a multi-year conspiracy to spread lies about abortion care providers — in their ruthless campaign to end access to safe, legal abortion.

This, despite the fact that in 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade held that women have the right to terminate a pregnancy.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

Michigan Democrats introduce legislation to mandate coverage for ‘abortion rider’ law

The bills stipulate that all health insurers must make rider policies available to all women.

Women’s reproductive health took a giant step backward in Michigan in 2013, when legislation written and lobbied for by Right to Life passed the Michigan Legislature. The law, which took effect in 2014, requires women to buy a separate insurance rider in case they might need abortion care in the future. But most insurance plans in Michigan don’t offer the rider, leaving women without essential healthcare coverage.

This law is dangerous to women’s health, because women must have the rider in place to be fully covered during a miscarriage or abortion — even in cases of rape and when the woman’s health is in jeopardy.…

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Donate to Lady Parts Justice League on #GivingTuesday and help them score extra cash

Help LPJ League win a $25,000 prize for gathering the most donations on December 1st.

Giving is always good, and the #GivingTuesday tradition on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a great reminder that there are organizations out there that rely on charitable contributions to do their work.

There’s no shortage of worthy organizations and I hope folks will give whatever they can to as many as they can.

But there’s one cause I hope you’ll be sure to support this year. Lady Parts Justice League is asking for your donation on #GivingTuesday, December 1, to help them win an extra $25,000 from CrowdRise.

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ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women's clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

ACTION: Join Lady Parts Justice League and thank women’s clinics on #PostcardSunday Nov. 29

There’s no easier way to let women’s healthcare clinics and abortion providers know they have your support.

All of us who support a woman’s right to choose and access a full range of healthcare services without the threat of violence were horrified by the terrorist attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. It’s now clear the gunman had a vendetta against Planned Parenthood, as he was seen uttering “no more baby parts” when he was arrested — clearly a response to the outrageous lies being told about Planned Parenthood following the release of heavily edited videos rife with falsehoods.…

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Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Catholic hospital system says it can deny women emergency care on religious grounds

Response to ACLU lawsuit demonstrates, once again, that Catholic hospitals put ideology above patient safety.

When you show up at an emergency room in need of urgent medical care, you have a reasonable expectation that you’ll be given the treatment you need — that the staff will do everything they can to save your life and protect your health. In fact, ERs are required by law not to turn anyone away for any reason.

Unless you’re a Catholic-affiliated health system. At least, that’s what one Catholic hospital system would like you to think, even though they’re dead wrong.

In October, the ACLU and the ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of their members against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, for its repeated and systematic failure to provide women experiencing pregnancy complications with appropriate emergency abortions as required by federal law.…

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Medical students and legislators push to keep politicians out of healthcare decisions

Medical students and legislators push to keep politicians out of healthcare decisions

Lawmakers don’t belong in the exam room, especially when they’re legislating against safe, legal procedures.

Would you want a politician or special interest lobbyist standing in the exam room while you and your doctor discuss the best, safest medical care for you and your family? Of course not. But that’s exactly what some Michigan Republicans are trying to do, especially after this week’s vote by the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee that advances bills to criminalize a safe, legal abortion procedure.

So concerned citizens and legislators are speaking out.

Following yesterday’s committee vote, I heard from Lindsey Flaquer, a first-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.…

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Michigan House committee approves bills to criminalize safe abortion method

Michigan House committee approves bills to criminalize safe abortion method

Right to Life-backed bills would legislate substandard care for pregnant women by making a legal procedure illegal.

With their non-solution to road funding as a prime example, Michigan Republicans keep proving they’re not very good legislators. They’d make even worse doctors — especially since none of them have medical licenses.

But that’s not stopping them from playing doctor. Legislation that would dictate what abortion method doctors can use passed out of the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee today, with a 5-3 vote along party lines.

As I’ve written here before, House Bills 4833 and 4834 would criminalize the safest abortion procedure for women after 14 weeks of pregnancy.…

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ACTION: Michigan House committee expected to vote on abortion method ban Nov. 10

ACTION: Michigan House committee expected to vote on abortion method ban Nov. 10

Tell the committee not to criminalize the safest method of abortion for women after 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Some Michigan lawmakers think they know better than doctors what method of abortion is best for women. With two critical bills up for a committee vote on Tuesday, November 10th, the time to be heard is now.

The House Criminal Justice Committee has already heard testimony once on House Bills 4833 and 4834, which would criminalize the safest abortion procedure for women after 14 weeks of pregnancy. There was no vote at the October 13th committee meeting, but one is expected when the committee meets again November 10th.…

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Get the facts on the safe abortion method some Michigan legislators want to ban

Get the facts on the safe abortion method some Michigan legislators want to ban

When it comes to healthcare, decisions should be left to women and their doctors — not legislators.

Every story has at least two sides, but in the case of the October 13 meeting of the Michigan House Criminal Justice Committee, one side stuck to facts while the other focused on ideology. And when the topic is the health and safety of pregnant women, nothing but the facts should matter.

The committee heard testimony on House Bills 4833 and 4834, which would criminalize the safest abortion procedure for women after 14 weeks of pregnancy. Considering that abortion is a legal procedure in the United States, legislation to take away the right of doctors and their patients to choose the safest, most appropriate procedure is a reckless crusade rooted in anti-choice convictions — and one that puts women’s health and lives at risk.…

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