FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DETROIT – Today, ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Loren Khogali issued the following statement urging the Michigan Legislature to pass the entire Reproductive Health Act:
“When they passed Proposal 3 last November, Michigan voters made it clear they want abortion rights, and all decisions regarding reproductive health to be accessible without barriers or political interference. It is unacceptable that any politician would stand in the way of legislation that would repeal laws that have long-denied people the autonomy to make decisions about their bodies, their health, and their families.
“When someone has made the decision to have an abortion, no politician should be able to stand in their way.
“In Michigan, anti-abortion politicians have passed dozens of medically unnecessary and politically motivated state restrictions. These barriers push safe and affordable abortion care out of reach, especially for people struggling to make ends meet, young people, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color. We know that the impact of these laws has been to drive worse health outcomes and higher rates of maternal and infant death, especially in communities that already face systemic barriers to accessing healthcare. The longer these laws remain in place, we perpetuate systemic barriers to health care, and increase unnecessary health risks for the people of Michigan.
“Abortion is health care, and everyone is entitled to access that care no matter where they live, who they are or how much money they earn. We will use every tool available to ensure that these constitutional rights are protected as we continue to push for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act.”