LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Democratic lawmakers are criticizing remarks by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake). 

Shirkey said allowing abortion is comparable to “the scourge we endured when we still had slavery in this country.”

Democratic Senator Erica Geiss (D-Taylor) is African American. She said the remarks are insensitive and out of touch.

“I don’t think comparing something that is a reproductive choice…that is really nobody’s business except between her and her physician has any place in a conversation about slavery,” Geiss said.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Democratic state lawmakers say all people need to be able to make independent decisions about their reproductive health. 

House Democrats announced their plan for a so-called Michigan Reproductive Health Act Tuesday. The package would, among other things, repeal abortion waiting periods, restrictions on telemedicine for abortions, and any regulations of abortion facilities that are not deemed medically necessary.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The fight over abortion rights has resumed in the state Legislature. 

A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on legislation to ban the dilation-and-evacuation abortion procedure. Similar bills are up for a hearing Thursday before a state Senate committee.

Republicans say this would be allowed under the Roe-versus-Wade US Supreme Court decision, although similar laws have been blocked by federal courts in other states.

Opponents say the bills would violate medical best practices and intrude into the doctor-patient relationship.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says if the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision is overturned, she won't enforce state laws on the books that ban abortion. 

The Democrat told a Planned Parenthood conference Tuesday that it's "likely" the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion will be reversed. But she says "we can and we will fight back."

She pledges to never prosecute a woman or her doctor for terminating a pregnancy.

NEW YORK, NY (AP)--   Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough 

abortion restrictions in Texas.

The repeal campaign, announced Thursday, will initially target laws in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as measures in Texas that were not directly addressed by the Supreme Court ruling.

  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan anti-abortion advocates are targeting a common second-trimester abortion procedure, pushing bills in the Republican-led Legislature to prohibit what they say is "dismemberment" of a fetus.
Similar criminal bans have been approved in two other states, Kansas and Oklahoma, where they temporarily are on hold after court rulings. The Michigan legislation was the subject of a hearing this week and could advance this fall.

Michigan among just 2 states with increased abortions

Jun 8, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is among just two states with increases in abortions, partly due to women coming from Ohio, where several abortion clinics recently closed. 

Abortions rose by 18.5 percent in Michigan between 2010 and 2014. Louisiana is the other state where abortions increased, according to an Associated Press tally of 45 states compiling data.

Lori Carpentier of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan argues one factor in Michigan's increase is inadequate public funding for family planning.

Wisconsin attorney general appeals abortion ruling

Apr 7, 2015

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has appealed a federal judge's ruling striking down a law that required doctors performing abortions to first obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A proposal that would put new restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions is headed to the state Legislature. 

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Monday moved forward a proposal that would ban abortion coverage in standard health insurance plans. Women would only be able to purchase abortion coverage as a separate rider.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would allow health care providers and insurance companies to deny patients contraception and other medical services if they have a moral objection. 

Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta tells us the measure only allows exceptions in cases of medical emergencies: