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The Dahlias Ride to Resist Defunding Planned Parenthood

The Dahlias Ride to Resist Defunding Planned Parenthood

Some people ride motorcycles to meet up with friends. Others want to cut loose and head out of town. But on August 27, The Dahlias motorcycle riding club rode to resist the defunding of Planned Parenthood. And ride they did, raising over $2,200 for P

MI Leaders Put Politics Ahead of Healthcare… Again

MI Leaders Put Politics Ahead of Healthcare… Again

Men like Brian Calley and Bill Schuette keep showing us where they stand on issues that matter to millions of people in Michigan: not with us. It’s our job to make sure they aren’t allowed to forget it when it becomes politically convenient.

Planned Parenthood and the LGBTQ Community: What You Should Know

Planned Parenthood and the LGBTQ Community: What You Should Know

John Keserich, Planned Parenthood of Michigan and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan’s Director of Political Field Operations, spoke with Between the Lines, Michigan’s news and entertainment source for the LGBTQ community, about what you should

#PinkOut the Night for Planned Parenthood

#PinkOut the Night for Planned Parenthood

On June 21, Planned Parenthood patients and supporters came together to “Pink the Night Out” all across the country.  They called on the Senate to protect access to health care by rejecting the BCRA/AHCA.

Activism is a Verb – A New Intern’s Perspective

Activism is a Verb – A New Intern’s Perspective

Planned Parenthood does healthcare. And sex ed. And distributes condoms. These are the things I have known for YEARS. These are the things most of us have probably known for years. What I did not know was that they are a political advocacy POWERHOUSE

Shifting Medical Costs Back to the Consumer

Shifting Medical Costs Back to the Consumer

U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, is ready to dismantle the healthcare law. By shifting costs onto the patient, only catastrophic events will be covered by insurance companies – eliminating coverage for basic and preventive care.

The New Legislative Landscape in Michigan

The New Legislative Landscape in Michigan

By Amanda West, Director of Government Relations As hard as we worked during the election, our work isn’t over yet. Here’s our legislative landscape, as it stands now. Though we have already begun to prepare for Michigan’s next legislative session, we still have a lame duck session between now and the end of the calendar year. Historically, we have seen some of the most egregious attacks on women, families, workers and teachers during this unpopular and unnecessary session.  We must remain vigilant and ensure that access to health care and other hard-fought rights are not eroded before the new legislature is seated. But as we settle into 2017, we will be fighting on fronts at both the state and national level.   While it is all speculative at this point, we know that women and families will be at the forefront of those impacted, primarily by limiting or eliminating access to healthcare. When access to health care is taken away, it has devastating consequences. Attacks on the Affordable Care Act could mean that 55 million women would lose access to no-copay preventive services, including birth control, STI screenings, and life-saving preventive services such as breast cancer screenings and pap tests. We promise to defend those that depend on this insurance and will ensure that their voices are heard in state and federal battles. As a side note, the Affordable Care Act is still in effect, just like it has been for over six years. It won’t disappear on January 21 — it will stay in effect unless there is a change in law. Right now, we encourage you to sign...
What the 2016 Election Means for Michigan

What the 2016 Election Means for Michigan

By Libby McGaughey, Vice President of Advocacy and Community Education Let me start by thanking you for your support and hard work during this election. As the numbers show, we suffered a tough loss, but we’re also buoyed by your enthusiasm and readiness to move forward with us. I’m going to share with you the outcome of each of the major races, and what it means for all of us. The Presidential Race We continue to get updated numbers on the popular vote. Nationally, as of the latest available numbers, Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by 1.16 million votes. While the Electoral College is the law of the land, and this number will not change the outcome of the election, it’s encouraging that over 61 million people went to the polls because they shared our hopes for the future and they share our values. Looking at how Michigan voted specifically, the unofficial numbers on the Michigan Secretary of State’s webpage show President Elect Trump with a lead of just over 13,000 votes (13,107) out of over 4.5 million votes cast in the state. This outcome was close. It shows us that in Michigan and nationwide, there is no mandate for wholesale change. We will continue to fight for the progressive policies and values that we share with the majority of Americans. The U.S. Senate In the U.S. Senate, Republicans retained control with 52 votes. However, this is two fewer votes than they have now. Democrats gained two votes this cycle. In Michigan, our two amazing U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters were not up for election in...

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