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...
Committee Update on Planned Parenthood Funding

Committee Update on Planned Parenthood Funding

On January 27th, the Michigan House Appropriations Committee heard testimony on House Bill 4145. This bill would prohibit future state investments in family planning from going to Planned Parenthood.

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