Reason #1: Making My Own
My right and ability to plan when and if to have a child is essential to my family’s health and economic well-being.
- Ensuring that I have the ability to decide for myself whether or not to get pregnant, the timing of my pregnancies, and whether to have an abortion is critical to my ability to determine my own future. Indeed, since the first birth control pill was approved by the FDA, the number of women in the U.S. labor force has more than tripled, and women’s income now constitutes a growing proportion of family income.
- Efforts to expand access to birth control are crucial components to ensuring that a woman has the ability to plan her pregnancies — state contraceptive equity regulations and laws are a cornerstone in this effort.
- Pregnancy prevention programs in Michigan were funded at $7 million in 2002. Those state-funded programs have been completely eliminated.
- On the other hand, attempts to ban abortion, either directly or through thinly veiled efforts to shut down health centers through TRAP regulations and legislation, bar a woman from making the personal decision to end her pregnancy, even under tragic circumstances.
- Since 2002, Michigan has cut $7 million from family planning funding.
- For every dollar invested in family planning in Michigan, there is over $6 in Medicaid savings.
- Michigan ranks as the 18th most restrictive state in the nation, tying with Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
I will fight for my and my family’s right and ability to plan when and if to have a child.