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TAKE ACTION: Michigan House to vote this week on discriminatory adoption bills

The package of bills would let taxpayer-funded adoption agencies deny adoption based on moral or religious beliefs. Speak out against discrimination today.

Michigan Republicans seem hell-bent on passing as much religious-based discrimination legislation as quickly as possible. By Wednesday, the House will vote on a package of bills that would let faith-based adoption agencies deny an adoption placement based on that agency’s moral or religious beliefs. Although the bills could make it harder for unmarried people to adopt, LGBTQ couples would likely face the most discrimination. After all, Michigan Republicans have not tried to hide their crusade against the LGBTQ community.…

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What happens if Michigan’s independent Crittenton Hospital joins a Catholic health system?

If past experience is any indication, some healthcare services will no longer be available.

This is the second in a multi-part series on the rise of Catholic health systems and the impact on patient care. You can read the first post in the series HERE.

Refusal to treat patients on religious grounds in Michigan has made national news recently, with the case of a pediatrician who turned away a baby because her parents are lesbians.

But what isn’t so much in the news — although it should be — is the proposed acquisition of Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Mich., by St.…

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Without insurance since 1996, couple gets coverage and care thanks to the ACA

Before Obamacare, they couldn’t afford health insurance — which meant a chronic illness went undiagnosed for years.

Dolly and Chip Harris had a dream: They wanted to start their own restaurant. In 1996, they left their jobs, which meant losing the health insurance Chip got through work. They worked hard to make their new business a success, but luck wasn’t on their side.

After their restaurant closed, the South Haven, Mich., couple found other jobs — Chip cleaning houses and Dolly working as a waitress. They also play in a Pat Benatar tribute band, but still didn’t make enough to be able to afford health insurance.…

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Michigan Democrats introduce bills to improve women’s access to healthcare

Bills would require insurers to offer the abortion rider women must purchase separately to have coverage under state law.

If Michigan is going to force women to buy a separate abortion insurance rider in case they’re ever raped or must have an abortion to protect their health — or simply to exercise their constitutional right to choose — the least the state can do is to require every insurer to offer women this rider. Without the availability of insurance coverage, the cost to women and their health is just too high.

That’s the idea behind legislation introduced by State Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) and state Representatives Pam Faris (D-Clio) and Sarah Roberts (D-St.…

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Lisa Brown to headline Michigan V to Shining V party on Sept. 27

An all-star lineup of speakers and entertainers will engage and energize women’s advocates and voters at free event.

On Saturday, September 27, Lady Parts Justice is hosting a nationwide celebration of women, with official events and house parties in every state. The V to Shining V celebration will mobilize pro-women advocates — and send a clear message to elected officials that we’re united in voting out those who trample on women’s rights.

Michigan’s party will be extra-special, thanks to the presence of our own Lisa Brown, whose being silenced for using the word “vagina” on the state House floor was a catalyst for the creation of Lady Parts Justice.…

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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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Terri Lynn Land has “solutions” for Michigan manufacturing that are as empty and false as the rest of her campaign

Not. Ready. For. Prime. Time

Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land recently released her “solutions” for strengthening Michigan manufacturing. More accurately, she’s calling them “solutions “. However, they are so blatantly empty of content and, in some cases, downright wrong that calling them “solutions” strains the bounds of the definition of the word.

You can find her “solutions” HERE, a webpage that is not linked anywhere else on her website or her Facebook page. In fact, unless you go looking for it and know specifically what to look for, you won’t find it anywhere.

Here are her “solutions” to strengthening Michigan manufacturing:

  1. Fair Trade: Developing fair trade agreements will open up markets to Michigan’s exports.
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Medicaid expansion comes to Michigan April 1: What you need to know

It should have come sooner, but let’s just be glad it’s finally happening.

Finally, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is almost here. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Medicaid expansion was delayed by four months because the Republican-led Michigan Senate refused to give it immediate effect — and Gov. Snyder did none of the things in his power to change that. It’s cost the state more than $600 million in funding and prevented nearly 500,000 low-income working Michiganders from getting health insurance until now. Come November, remember that this all happened as a result of political posturing on the part of Michigan Republicans.…

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2 years ago Dexter was a record-breaking 75F and hit by a tornado. This week, we hit a record low with record snowfall.

Global climate change, global schlimate change

The day before the Dexter Tornado hit Dexter, Michigan on March 15, 2012, Anne and I were installing a new garage door opener in shorts and t-shirts. Swarmed by mosquitoes, we were forced to slather up with bug spray because it go so bad. The next day, after hitting a record-breaking 75 degrees, we watched as never-before-seen-this-early F3 tornado took out a neighborhood less than a mile from our house.

This year, during the same week, we had a low of -7F breaking a record set in 1896. We also hit a record amount of snowfall for this area.…

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Michigan women who can’t afford abortions no longer have a choice

Thanks to Right to Life and Michigan Republicans, elective abortion is effectively outlawed for women who can’t afford it.

This is a historic week for Michigan women, and not in a good way. It’s the week the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act becomes law, forcing women to buy a separate insurance policy just in case they might need an abortion one day.

The thing is, not a single insurance company in Michigan offers such a policy, known as a rider, on the private market. So that leaves women who buy their own coverage — either through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace or direct from an insurer — unable to purchase a rider to pay for the cost of an abortion.…

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