December 14, 2012
"Memo to Michigan: Did You Not Hear the Voters on Women's Health?" Cecile Richards, Huffington Post blogs: In a lame-duck session, Michigan legislators are sending an "alarming" package of antiabortion legislation (HB 5711) to Gov. Rick Snyder's (R) desk that would make "Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation on women's health," Richards -- president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund -- writes. She notes that the bill includes provisions that would "likely shut down many health care providers that provide abortion by enacting unnecessary and burdensome licensing rules." Richards calls on Snyder to "heed the message sent on election night: we simply will not tolerate politicians inserting themselves into a woman's personal health care decisions" (Richards, Huffington Post blogs, 12/12).
What others are saying about Michigan antiabortion bills:
~ "Letting Women Die, Michigan?" Gretchen Borchelt, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake."
~ "13,000 Rally To Protect Rights of Michigan Workers and Families," Sonia Santana, Planned Parenthood Action Fund's "Women Are Watching."
~ "Michigan Senate Passes Gigantic Monster Anti-Choice Bill," Katie Baker, Jezebel.
~ "Michigan: Workers, Women, What's Next?" Jennifer Granholm, Huffington Post blogs.
"In Rehearing Maryland Crisis Pregnancy Center Cases, the Fourth Circuit Can Reverse Decisions That Threaten Women's Health," Kelli Garcia, National Women's Law Center's "Womenstake": Garcia writes that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can protect women's health by overturning two lower court rulings that struck down laws requiring crisis pregnancy centers to clarify the nature and extent of their services. The two Maryland laws -- one in Baltimore and another in Montgomery County -- were overturned based on claims that they "compelled" CPC's to "speak" via waiting room signs that disclosed the limits of CPC services, including that they do not offer abortion or birth control. Garcia writes, "Anti-abortion advocates, no matter how sincere their beliefs, should not be allowed to use lies to try to convince women not to have an abortion or to delay women" from obtaining an abortion until it is less safe, no longer available or prohibitively expensive (Garcia, "Womenstake," NWLC, 12/12).
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