Power Up!  June 2015 Vol. 5

Power Up! June 2015 Vol. 5

Check out the latest edition of the PPAM Power Up! Newsletter… a newsletter filled with thoughts for powerful Planned Parenthood people!

Power Up!

Power Up!

… A newsletter filled with thoughts for powerful Planned Parenthood people. Fourth Edition, 5/6/15 Legislative Update: National By Christina Soliz, East Michigan Field Organizer It’s been a busy month, and there are a lot of things going on across the country. With the Presidential election coming up next year, the Supreme Court hearing the case for marriage equality, a new attorney general, and various bills that restrict women’s access to healthcare, I’m reminded that the work that PPAM activists and supporters do is more important than ever, and we have to keep going! Candidate Watch: The Presidential race for 2016 is heating up and people are throwing their name into the candidate pool. Here’s who’s in it so far: Hillary Clinton – Former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator from New York, and First Lady of the U.S. (D) (Finally, right? – watch her announcement video here.) Bernie Sanders – U.S. Senator from Vermont; he is currently an Independent, but he will run as a Democrat Ted Cruz – U.S. Senator from Texas (R) Rand Paul – U.S. Senator from Kentucky (R) Marco Rubio – U.S. Senator from Florida (R) Could our own Governor Rick Snyder be the next Republican to enter the race? Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman seems to think so. We’ll have to wait to see what Gov. Snyder says for himself. SCOTUS Update: On Monday, April 27, the Supreme Court of the United States sent another lawsuit (Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell) that challenges religious objections to the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit...
Power Up!

Power Up!

… A newsletter filled with thoughts for powerful Planned Parenthood people. Third Edition, 4/10/15 What’s Happening in Michigan?   By Jenny Kinne, West Michigan Field Organizer It would be more accurate to title this section “what’s not happening in Michigan’? We are barely into April, and already we are facing a slew of legislation targeting women’s health. Please see below for all of the anti-choice legislation that we are facing. Then, take a look at an article written by one of our volunteers highlighting a particularly sneaky bill – the Choose Life License Plate. Issue Bill Number/Sponsor Description Religious Freedom Restoration Act SB 4 (Shirkey) Allows a person to use religion to discriminate by allowing them to opt out of taking part in an activity that violates their “sincerely held religious beliefs” Reporting Requirement SB 27 (Jones) Requires additional reporting to the State of Michigan regarding complications from abortion services. Choose Life License Plate HB 4140 (Hooker) SB 84 (Colbeck) Requires the Secretary of State to develop and issue a Choose Life fund-raising plate. The donations will be disbursed into a proposed “Choose Life Fund”. Funds disbursed will be to agencies providing and promoting alternatives to abortion. Defunding of Planned Parenthood HB 4145 (Hooker) Prohibits the State of Michigan from contracting with providers that offer abortion services. Defunds Planned Parenthood from receiving public funds. 19 Week Restriction HB 4146 (Hooker) Requires an abortion performed at 19 weeks or more to be performed in a hospital that has a neonatal unit. Religious Objection for Adoption Placement HB 4188 (LaFontaine) HB 4189 (Santana) HB 4190 (Leutheuser) Allows discrimination of adoption placement due...
Power Up!

Power Up!

… A newsletter filled with thoughts for powerful Planned Parenthood people. Second Edition, 2/4/15 Legislative Update: National By Christina Soliz, East Michigan Field Organizer The new federal legislature has officially started! The 114th Congress was officially sworn in on January 6, 2015. John Boehner was re-elected Speaker and will preside over the House for the next two years. Here is a quick US Congressional Profile in case you forgot who has control. In the weeks leading up to the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Republicans in the House were planning to a vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. This bill was (and is) highly unpopular, so unpopular that women in the GOP were backing away from it. On the night before this scheduled vote (Jan. 22), Republican leaders canceled that vote and instead held an emergency session in the House Rules Committee late the night before to prepare H.R. 7 – the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015” for a floor vote on Jan. 22nd. This bill would raise taxes by denying women and families whose health insurance plans include abortion coverage the federal tax credits they are entitled to under the Affordable Care Act and could deny access to health insurance coverage that of abortion beyond the circumstances of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger. This bill passed in the House and when it goes to the Senate, it will most likely pass there as well. Luckily, our President loves women and understands that this will hurt women and families. In...

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