Tag: Abortion

New report shows continued growth of Catholic health systems that refuse to provide essential care

New report shows continued growth of Catholic health systems that refuse to provide essential care

One in six hospital beds are governed by rules set by Catholic bishops, not doctors, putting lives and health at risk. If Catholic health systems continue expanding their reach at the current rate, an alarming number of Americans won’t have access to the full spectrum of healthcare services considered standard of care at non-Catholic hospitals. In some cases, that lack […]

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“Fetal tissue” bills in the Michigan Legislature could hinder medical research and care

“Fetal tissue” bills in the Michigan Legislature could hinder medical research and care

By pushing legislation they may not fully understand, lawmakers would be harming more than abortion providers. There’s a reason legislators should leave the medical decision-making to doctors and patients: medical care isn’t their area of expertise. And in their haste to appease anti-choice voters, Michigan legislators are pushing poorly written legislation that could have serious unintended consequences — including hampering […]

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Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

Michigan Senate to vote on “fetal tissue” bills for no good reason

A crusade that will waste time and taxpayer money will do nothing but appease those who oppose legal abortion. You’ve heard all the lies about Planned Parenthood — you know, the ones peddled in those deceptively edited videos that claimed Planned Parenthood sells baby parts? Despite the fact that these allegations have been proven false in state after state, and […]

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Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

Michigan legislators use women’s health as a bargaining chip ahead of primary deadline

House vote on ‘abortion coercion’ bills held to appease Right to Life. Supporters of choice have been wondering when the other shoe was going to drop on the deceptive anti-choice “abortion coercion” bills that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in September 2015. That shoe hit the House floor on March 24, with a vote almost entirely along party […]

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

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 […]

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An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

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 […]

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

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

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt 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, […]

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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