Michigan, Planned Parenthood, War on Women, Women — March 13, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan has its eye on elected officials


New campaign will hold elected officials accountable for voting against the best interests of women and their health.

Feeling frustrated or discouraged over the new abortion insurance law that went into effect in Michigan this week? Well, here’s something to lift your spirits — and revive your determination to fight.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) has launched a comprehensive grassroots campaign designed to hold elected officials accountable for voting for policies that negatively affect women’s health, restrict access to healthcare services and unnecessarily interfere with private medical decisions.

The Michigan Women are Watching campaign is a response to the unprecedented number of attacks on women’s healthcare in Michigan and across the country. In the last legislative session alone, more than 45 bills were introduced that directly interfere with the practice of women’s healthcare and restrict women’s access. The law banning coverage of abortion services in all insurance, with very few exceptions, is just the latest in a long line of relentless attacks on women and families in Michigan — attacks that put women’s health and lives at risk.

The campaign will mobilize women’s healthcare advocates, volunteers and allies who are outraged by these attacks — and are ready to stop those who want to stand between Michigan families and quality, affordable medical care. It’s a winning proposition, because a majority of Michigan residents oppose these dangerous invasions into their most private healthcare decisions.

In addition to holding elected officials accountable and fighting to protect a woman’s fundamental right to make decisions about her own reproductive health, the Michigan Women are Watching campaign plans to ensure that women have as many options as possible when it comes to making private decisions about their reproductive healthcare. The campaign also intends to prevent politicians from interfering in the private, personal healthcare decisions that women make with their families and their doctors, and to protect Michigan women — and the doctors who serve them — from unwarranted government intrusion on the doctor-patient relationship.

Learn more and get involved at the Michigan Women are Watching website.

[Images courtesy of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.]