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Right to Life proves they will stop at nothing, which is why we have to stop them

An extremist group’s rights don’t get to trump everyone else’s, unless we let them.

I’m utterly disgusted by Right to Life of Michigan’s latest crusade, this time against U.S. Representative Gary Peters and his daughters. Now I truly understand how disgusted and outraged my parents were when an evangelical relative showed me photos of aborted fetuses when I was 10 years old.

The tactics of groups like Right to Life are always the same: Heap shame on those who disagree with them because they support a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions or the rights of people who wish to die on their own terms by creating a living will.…

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Michigan Republicans pass “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law

Michigan Republicans: Drunk with power, anti-women

As Amy and I have been writing about for quite some time now, Michigan Right to Life was able to gather enough signatures representing just 4.2% of Michigan voters to put a bill before the state legislature to force women to buy a special rider on their health insurance to cover abortions. They did this through an infrequently used device called the “indirect initiated state statute” which I describe in detail HERE.

Today, Republicans in the House and Senate passed the bill which now becomes law. It does not require the signature of Governor Rick Snyder who vetoed similar legislation last year because it does not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest.…

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ACTION: Want a say in Michigan’s reproductive health laws? Be heard — NOW

If you don’t want 4 percent of Michigan’s voters making decisions for everyone, it’s time to speak out.

Right to Life of Michigan has garnered enough signatures to force through an initiative that would forbid insurers from offering abortion coverage unless women buy a separate rider in advance — even in the case of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother. The heavily pro-life Michigan Legislature can either vote to enshrine this into law or abstain and put it to a vote of the entire state in November 2014.

The signatures gathered by Right to Life of Michigan represent just 4% of voters (3% by some estimates), although polls show that about 53% of Michiganders oppose such a measure.…

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UPDATED: Why does Right to Life of Michigan think it’s okay to trample on the rights of others?

Because the Michigan GOP is letting them get away with it. And nothing about that is okay.

UPDATE on a new petition launched by Michigan Democratic leaders to fight the Right to Life initiative below.

There’s a good chance a petition signed by 4 percent of Michigan voters will become law, forcing women to purchase separate insurance in case they ever need an abortion. The governor has no veto power, and if Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature votes in support of the petition, it becomes law without the rest of Michigan’s voters having any say in it. Because of a quirk in Michigan law, this is completely legal.…

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Impending “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law initiated by just 4.2% of Michigan voters is opposed by most Michigan voters

Sorta like gerrymandering, when you think of it

As I wrote about in my now-viral piece “Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters”, a new law will likely go into effect in the near future in Michigan that will require women to plan ahead for their abortions — even if they are the result of rape or incest or an accident — and buy a special rider if they want their health insurance to cover it.

Turns out that, despite the fact that a scant 4.2% of voters in Michigan are responsible for making this a law, more voters in Michigan oppose it than support it :

About 47 percent of likely voters oppose an effort by Right to Life of Michigan to ban insurers and employers from covering abortion procedures in basic health insurance plans, while 41 percent said they support the initiative and 13 percent were undecided, according to the poll, whose numbers were rounded up.…
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Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters

The War on Women continues…

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

NOTE: this post has been corrected as noted below. There is also an update with a link to Planned Parenthood’s petition.

Thanks to a petition drive that resulted in 4.2% of Michiganders voicing their minority opinion, Michigan is about to become a place where women have to plan ahead for their abortions. If you become pregnant accidentally or if you are raped and become pregnant and haven’t purchased a separate abortion coverage rider on your health insurance, you won’t be covered. This isn’t just for state government insurance plans or those purchased on the health insurance exchange.…

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Young people lead a successful ’1 in 3′ Week of Action to fight abortion care stigma

Students and community groups amplified the real voices of women to put people before rhetoric in the conversation on abortion in the United States.

Having an abortion is never an easy decision. For many of the 1 in 3 American women who will have an abortion in their lifetime, talking about it can be even more difficult because of the stigma and shame so often associated with abortion. The 1 in 3 Campaign’s Week of Action was a big step in changing all that, and one of the campaign’s most successful efforts to date.

The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project spearheaded by Advocates for Youth, a national youth sexual health and reproductive advocacy group, uses storytelling to reinforce the importance of safe, legal affordable abortion care.…

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1 in 3 Campaign event in Ann Arbor created support to end abortion care stigma

Women shared their abortion experiences to raise awareness of the decisions and challenges they faced, as reproductive rights are increasingly under attack.

If you’ve never had an abortion, you can’t possibly know what it’s like. Yet 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime — and some of them never tell a soul.

That’s why Advocates for Youth created the 1 in 3 Campaign, a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion. It encourages women to tell their stories to help foster compassion, empathy and support for access to basic healthcare.

The campaign is in the midst of a national “1 in 3 Week of Action” (October 22-29), with more than 100 events across 32 states using storytelling to fight stigma and protect safe, legal, affordable abortion care.…

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Forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan succeeds in bypassing voters to enact “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” law

When you don’t have the support of the voters of Michigan, you have to go around them. Or OVER them.

Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

Last May, I wrote about how the forced-birth group Right to Life of Michigan, furious that Governor Snyder had vetoed the “Plan Ahead for Your Abortion” legislation send to him by the legislature, was circulating petitions to do an end run around Governor Snyder and Michigan voters. This women-specific, women-only law requires women who want insurance coverage for abortions to purchase that coverage as a separate insurance rider. In other words, you have to plan ahead for your abortion.…

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“The People’s Filibuster” succeeds in Texas, anti-women #SB5 legislation fails

Can you hear me NOW?

Anne and I were up until after 1:00 a.m. watching the livestream of the Texas Senate last night, riveted by the drama and tweeting like mad people. We weren’t alone. At 1:00 a.m. ET, there were nearly 200,000 people watching the livestream.

In the end, I ended up with three new heroes yesterday, all of them Texas Democrats. Wendy Davis staged a one-woman, 11-hour filibuster where she was not allowed to eat, drink, take bathroom breaks, or even lean on the podium. It was nothing short of legislative heroism. Davis was also compelled to make her comments “germane”.…

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